The Progressive Era was a time period of great social change. Ordinary Americans saw problems with society and tried to change things for the better. Some of these individuals exposed corruption in business and industry through writing novels, editorials and news articles. This time period saw a lack of safety codes in industry, extensive corruption in Big Business and government, child labor, monopolies, and overcrowded cities. Some of the more popular "Muckrakers" responsible for reporting on these areas include Nelli Bly, Jacob Riis, Upton Sinclair, and Ida Tarbell. Students will take up the challenge of being a "Muckraker" and bring about the end of corruption?
Students and partners will take on the role of a “Muckraker” and will expose corruption
in the United States by:
Researching various issues occurring in the United States during the Progressive Era via the
websites that the webquest provides.
Creating a 1 page news article using Microsoft Publisher which will identify and expose
corruption in the United States during the Progressive Era.
Commenting on each other’s articles using Wikipedia.
The following ISTE Standards for learning will be met in this lesson:
Standard #1 – Basic Operations and concepts - Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems. (Students will be using A variety of technological tools and resources).
Standard #2 – Social, Ethical and Human Issues - Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity. (Students will be able to use the tools implemented in this lesson during future challenges).
Standard #3 – Technology Productivity Tools - Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. (Students will be demonstrating personal creativity via Microsoft Publisher).
Standard #4 – Technology Communications tools - Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences. (Students will be using Wikipedia to critique peer works).
Standard #5 – Technology Research Tools - Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. (Students will be using the internet throughout lesson to locate sources of information).
The following New York State History Standards for learning will
be met in this lesson:
NYS #1: History of the United States and New York
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
NYS #5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the U.S. and other nations; the U.S. Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.