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ERIC Number: ED141221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Working in America, Part II. Materials for Using American Issues Forum in the American History Classroom, Topic V.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of General Education Curriculum Development.
The module is the second in a series which examines American history in light of industrial development and expansion. Presented in field test condition to allow for feedback from students and teachers, the booklet explores organization of the labor force through presentation of 10 class exercises. The first section presents a background discussion of labor force history to provide teachers with historical information. Following this background discussion is a series of classroom exercises designed to help students develop concepts and understandings related to organized labor. Topics include strikes, the eight-hour day, the five-day week, the Knights of Labor, child labor, labor-management relations, factory life, business enterprises, the future of organized labor, and American attitudes towards union control of government. Learning activities include article and illustration analysis, debate, class discussion, folk singing, social theory criticism, hypothesis formulation, role playing, and economic analysis. The format of the exercises generally includes objectives, materials, strategy, and evaluation. Sample teacher questions, background information, illustrations, newspaper clippings and folk songs are included where relevant. An evaluation form for teachers, resource materials, poems, illustrations, articles, interviews, and copies of letters pro and con labor are provided. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Child Labor, Concept Formation, Employer Employee Relationship, Government Role, Grade 11, Instructional Materials, Labor Conditions, Labor Demands, Labor Force, Labor Problems, Labor Relations, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Unions, United States History, Work Environment
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of General Education Curriculum Development.