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Life at the 

Turn of the Century

Life at the Turn of the Century

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Science and the Urban Life


Students will identify Louis Sullivan, Frederick Law Olmsted, Central Park, Daniel Burnham, Orville and Wilber Wright, web-perfecting press, Linotype machine and George Eastman. 

Students will explain how new technologies made the building of skyscrapers practical and possible. 

Students will analyze urban planning and the effects it had upon American cities. 

Students will summarize three major changes in cities neat the turn of the century and the effects they had. 

Students will describe how the use of mail planes brought people in difference regions of the country closer together. 

Students will explain how printing and photography changed newspapers.

Students will summarize the contributions of George Eastman to the photography industry.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 466.

2) Read pages 467 - 472 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: Education and Culture


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Edison and Mark Twain. 

Students will analyze the rise and fall of the literacy rate throughout the United States and women's role in college life. 

Students will explain why many people saw public school as a "ladder upon which the aspiring can rise."

Students will summarize the effects new technology had upon the public school system.

Students will identify the institutions that encouraged European immigrants to become assimilated.

Students will analyze how the Civil War affected medical education. 

Students will describe the development in higher education for African Americans at the turn of the century. 

Students will summarize the factors that contributed to the popularity of dime novels.


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 472.

2) Read pages 473 - 477 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 3: Segregation and Discrimination


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Ida Be. Wells, literacy test, poll tax, grandfather clause, Jim Crow laws, segregation, Plessy V. Ferguson, and debt peonage  

Students will describe Plessy V. Ferguson affected the civil rights of African Americans.

Students will analyze the Washington and Du Bois debate.

Students will compare the ways African Americans, Mexican and Chinese immigrants were discriminated against in the United States. 


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 477.

2) Read pages 478 - 487 in course textbook.

3) Complete the questions in the Interact with History on pages 483 and 487.

4) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session. 


Session 4: Dawn of Mass Culture


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify vaudeville, ragtime, Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, department store, mail-order catalog and rural

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Students will examine the development and growth in popularity of roller skates. 

Students will answer the following questions and justify their answer with facts from the text or other resources.

1) Why do you think leisure activities became so popular in the late 1800's?

2) Why do you think sports were so popular with Americans at the end of the century?

Students will analyze the development of the first modern film to online streaming.

Students will identify a few characteristics of the types of entertainment that appealed to the people at the turn of the century.

Students will summarize how the World and the Journal lured readers. 

Students will examine the development of brand names and catalogs. 

Students will describe how American methods of selling goods changed at the turn of the century.

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