Robber Barons Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll be able to show your class how individuals like Andrew Carnegie earned mass sums of money, and how they gave much of it away.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • explain the rise of Andrew Carnegie
  • analyze Carnegie's contributions to late 19th century America

Length

40 minutes, plus 30 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Key Terms

  • Andrew Carnegie
  • The Gospel of Wealth
  • Reform Darwinism

Warm-up

Before starting the lesson, remind students of the industrialization that was happening during this period. Vast fortunes were being made. Ask students what they think was happening to that money.

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