Welcome! You've chosen to explore the lives of children who worked in coal mines in America in the late 1800's and early 1900's. You will complete tasks related to the images and websites linked on this page. Bring your white Social Studies/Technology binder to the computer labs and our classroom. Take notes in the new "Child Labor" section in your binder. Read, watch the videos, take notes, think about what you've read and seen, reflect on how this information makes you feel and keep your notes together. You will create a final product that reflects what you've learned.


Task #1: Graphic Organizer
Look closely at the image below. Notice that there are four key topics you will explore. They are (1) Economics, (2) Geography, (3) Social Forces, (4) Reform. Read the questions in each topic. Answer these questions. Write an essay about each topic.
Tech Tip: Remember to pinch and stretch on your iPad to expand the image.

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Task #2 - Gathering Evidence from Visual Images & Eyewitness Accounts
Breaker Boys, Woodward Coal, Pa 1888.jpg
Click on the image to access the Library of Congress website and read Mr. Hine's comments.


Directions: Complete the following chart, based on the image above.Breaker Boys Citation Library of Congress.png

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Task #3 - Word Work - Jobs and Descriptions (All Industries)

Directions: Read, listen and copy the following words into your white binder. Pay close attention to the places where these children worked.

Task #4 - Gathering Evidence from Persuasive Writing - "Mr. Coal's Story"
Source: Child Labor Bulletin, National Child Labor Committee, Ohio State University Library Collection, vol. 2 no. 2, reprinted in vol. 3, no. 2, also available online on Google Books.
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Task #6 - Write a poem about Vance, the Trapper Boy, based on the following image.

Vance Trapper Boy.jpg

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Now that you've gathered information, go back to the graphic organizer and answer the questions. Have you missed any? Be sure to check the section on "Reform".

Now you're ready to create your digital product.