Industrial Revolution

This project-based learning lesson plan attempts to develop collaborative and communicative skills as well as higher order thinking by having students work together on teams to research the industrial revolution using primary and secondary sources. They will then create a product or presentation that answers the driving question and present their work to the class. *Note: You can choose not to complete the research and presentation component of the procedure and complete the lesson in one class period. 

Standards & Objectives

Learning objectives: 

Students will work together to create a paper (or product) and presentation that aims to answer the driving question. The presentation will meet the given rubric. Throughout the research and creation process, students will be assessed by their progress as shown in their drafts and their individual journals.

Essential and guiding questions: 

Which industry proved to be the most beneficial to American society at the turn of the 20th century? 

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


  • Computer access for students
  • Background on Project-based Learning
  • Presentation Rubric
  • Primary Source Analysis Tool
  • Project Team Contract
  • Citing Primary Sources
  • Self-reflection on Project