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You've chosen to explore the lives of children who worked in the glass factories 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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Midnight at the Glass Works, Indiana, 1908 Photographer: Lewis Wickes HineMidnight at the Glass Works Citation.png







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.




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Link to other Lewis Hine photographs in the Library of Congress




Eyewitness Account - "The Glass House Boys" by John William Larner, Jr. 1917

The Glass House Boys by John William Larner, Jr. 1917



Crack-Off, Lehr and Mold Boys of the Corning Glass Works in the 19th CenturyGetting the Job, The Work Week, Wages and Working Conditions(Click on the link to access the website.)


Now that you've gathered information, go back to the graphic organizer and answer all the questions. Have you missed any? Be sure to check the section on "Reform". Check other sources for missing data. Begin to draft your essay.