Lewis Hine Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides a quiz, discussion topics and questions, an activity, a mini-activity, as well as a vocabulary activity that will help students appreciate the work of Lewis Hine and the issues surrounding child labor in general.

Learning Objectives

Once students have completed this lesson, they should be able to:

  • identify Lewis Hine's work and its impact
  • discuss the nature of child labor and why it's wrong
  • think through the effects child labor had on the individual and society as a whole


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


Warm Up Vocabulary Activity

  • Put the following term on the board:
    • Child labor
  • Have students come up to the board and put down a definition of what they think child labor is.
  • Reconcile all of these definitions as a class to come up with one final solid definition for child labor.
  • Have students copy this definition down into their notebook.
  • Place the following terms and their definitions up on the board for students to copy down as well:
    • Lew Hine
    • Industrial revolution
    • National Child Labor Committee
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Exploitation

Discussion & Mini-Activities

  • Pass out the handout of the lesson text on Lewis Hine's Photographs on Child Labor.
  • Have students read it independently or as a class, discuss:
    • Where did children work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
    • What was the purpose of the NCLC?
  • Activity: Have each student describe what they did as an 8-year-old kid on a regular summer weekend and compare that to what an 8-year-old kid may have done on a summer weekend in 1900.
  • Now, discuss the many reasons for why children were used in the labor force.
  • Activity: Have each student write a reason for why a child should not be forced into labor. They should think through the immediate consequences (like potential for injury) with future ones (like an early death from that injury). Another example is a lack of education (immediate) with a weak economy (future) due to an uneducated workforce. Each student should present their thoughts to the rest of the class.

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