Name: Beth Bates
Grade Level: 8th, U.S. History
Lesson Title: Impact of the Railroad
NV Standard H2.(6-8).4: Identify and explain the importance of immigrant and native groups to mining, ranching, railroads, and commerce in Nevada and the United States
EQ: How does transportation facilitate or hinder change in the West?
HQ: How did the construction of the railroad provide opportunities for people in the West?
I will help my students learn this by:
- Showing picture of Union Pacific Railroad @ 1ooth Meridien while reading the opening page of The U.P. Trail (1918) by Zane Grey along with author’s dedication to Robert Louis Stevenson’s excerpt from Across the Plains, (published 1892).
- Use ELMO to show National Geographic map of “Major Railroads before 1900” found on p. 558 in textbook. Students answer #1 & 2 and partner check.
- Provide two excerpts from The U.P. Trail and have students partner-read and write down 3 descriptions of railroad activities:
Show photographs of “Joining the tracks of the transcontinental railroad” and “End of the Track” near Humboldt River Canyon, Nevada.
Show map on p. 169 of Railroad of Nevada and Eastern California
- Engineering aspects & immigrant workers
- Town life during construction
What my students will do:
- Listen attentively and write a one – two sentence summary of opening pages of U.P. Trail.
- Answer map questions on p.558 and partner-check.
- Have students stand and play Summary Ball Toss after reading brief excerpts from The U.P. Trail
- Fill out Photo Analysis Worksheet of “Joining the Tracks” and “End of the Track.”
- Look at map on p. 169 in the book Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California and identify towns that developed along the railroad.
Assessment: Evidence of my students’ learning looks like this:
- Completion of photo analysis worksheet – U.P. Railroad at 100th meridian.
- Completion of map questions 1 and 2.
- Written description of railroad construction activities with oral summary.
- Completion of photo analysis worksheets: “Joining the Tracks” & “End of the Track.”
- SmartBoard presentation:
Alternative for diverse learners: On map of western United States, draw the Union Pacific railroad route and identify Promontory Point where the U.P. met the Central Pacific. Identify the state capitals and place a dot on map where major railroad towns grew up. Explain how time zones developed as a result of railroads and show where they are.
- Look at photograph of Minden, Nevada circa 1906 and read the brief article from a special edition of the Record-Courier in 1909.
- Write a summary of the newspaper article with your impressions of the impact of the Virginia & Truckee Railway upon the development of Minden. Answer the historical question!
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