Ch 1: Gilded Age Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use these lesson plans as a great resource for developing your teaching strategy for educating students about the Gilded Age. You'll have access to discussion topics, vocabulary words, homework ideas, and more.

Gilded Age Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The lesson plans in this chapter can help take the stress and anxiety out of your curriculum planning for teaching students about the Gilded Age. The lesson plan outlines offer ways to manage your class time effectively and keep students engaged in the learning process. The lesson plans will cover the following topics:

  • The American Industrial Revolution
  • American imperialism
  • The Dawes Act of 1887
  • The Spanish-American War
  • Robber Barons
  • The Transcontinental Railroad

The lesson plan outlines provide you with pertinent topics related to the Gilded Age and resources you can share with your students, like video lessons and short quizzes.

How It Helps

  • Important concepts: Highlights vocabulary words and historical events that you can incorporate into your lessons
  • Student engagement: Provides applicable strategies to keep your students involved in the lesson, like activities and discussion topics
  • Additional resources: Incorporates homework ideas, video lessons, and quizzes to gauge your students' understanding of the topics

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons about the Gilded Age easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Gilded Age topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your Gilded Age class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Gilded Age lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important Gilded Age concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Gilded Age-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

41 Lessons in Chapter 1: Gilded Age Lesson Plans
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American Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan

1. American Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the American Industrial Revolution. An activity and discussion questions will help them understand the positive and negative impacts of this important transition in American history.

The Industrial Revolution in America: Inventions & Effects

2. The Industrial Revolution in America: Inventions & Effects

The Industrial Revolution in America left a lasting effect on nearly every aspect of society. In this lesson, learn about the inventions that changed America, discuss the lasting effects of these changes, and take a quiz to summarize the key points.

Transcontinental Railroad: Construction, History & Impact

3. Transcontinental Railroad: Construction, History & Impact

In this lesson, we will discuss how the Transcontinental Railroad was built and how it changed the United States. Learn more about the challenges of building the railroad and why it was so important, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Dawes Act Lesson Plan

4. Dawes Act Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the Dawes Act using this lesson. Students watch an engaging video lesson that covers the background, key aspects, and effect of the Dawes Act. Check for comprehension with high level questioning, then ask students apply concepts with a critical thinking activity.

The Dawes Act of 1887: Definition & Summary

5. The Dawes Act of 1887: Definition & Summary

The U.S. has a long history of implementing plans with the 'best of intentions.' This is especially true for its long and tragic relationship with Native Americans. One of the starkest examples of this is the Dawes Act of 1887.

The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

6. The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

The Spanish-American war was a new kind of war involvement for the U.S. It was not for freedom, it was not an internal conflict. It was fought over expansion and the idea of spreading American influence in the Caribbean and in the Philippines.

Robber Barons Lesson Plan

7. Robber Barons Lesson Plan

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.

Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons

8. Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons

The Second Industrial Revolution created enormous wealth for industrialists like Andrew Carnegie. These corporate leaders were sometimes called Robber Barons for their questionable business practices, but they were also well-known for their philanthropy.

American Imperialism Around the Globe

9. American Imperialism Around the Globe

In this lesson, you'll explore the history of American imperialism and discover how imperialism can appear in many different ways. Afterwards, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Industrial Revolution Essay Questions & Topics

10. Industrial Revolution Essay Questions & Topics

Writing historical essays is important for students of all ages. Get your students writing about the Industrial Revolution with these essay questions and topics.

Open Door Policy with China Lesson Plan

11. Open Door Policy with China Lesson Plan

This lesson plan contains activities, key terms, a quiz, and discussion topics and questions that will help students better appreciate the concept of the Open Door Policy with China.

The Open Door Policy with China: Definition, Summary & Purpose

12. The Open Door Policy with China: Definition, Summary & Purpose

The Open Door Policy was an American proposal that aimed to keep Chinese markets open for all and not allow any one country to gain control over the region. In this lesson, we'll look at the policy's historical background and the Chinese reaction to it.

John Muir Lesson Plan

13. John Muir Lesson Plan

America has many amazing National Parks and a man named John Muir may just be the reason for their lasting endurance. This lesson plan uses a fact-filled text lesson to explain the life and legacy of John Muir. An activity provides an opportunity for deeper understanding.

John Muir: Facts, Books & Accomplishments

14. John Muir: Facts, Books & Accomplishments

The environmentalist John Muir was integral to shaping National Parks in the United States. In this lesson, we will learn about the man, his writings, and their lasting legacy.

Andrew Carnegie Lesson Plan

15. Andrew Carnegie Lesson Plan

Who was Andrew Carnegie and what was his lasting impact in America? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the life and work of Andrew Carnegie. An analysis of his writing helps to connect students to his legacy.

Who is Andrew Carnegie? - Biography, Facts & Quotes

16. Who is Andrew Carnegie? - Biography, Facts & Quotes

Andrew Carnegie, a 19th-century tycoon, was one of the most shrewd and innovative businessmen of all time. In this lesson, you will learn about his life, businesses, and famous quotes.

Tammany Hall Lesson Plan

17. Tammany Hall Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students understand the notion of political rings and Tammany Hall in early American political history with a series of discussion questions and an activity.

Tammany Hall: Definition & History

18. Tammany Hall: Definition & History

Learn how the New York political machine of Tammany Hall controlled politics through corruption and patronage, but also how it helped poor immigrant communities in the late nineteenth century. Test your understanding with a quiz.

The Gilded Age Lesson Plan

19. The Gilded Age Lesson Plan

What occurred during the storied Gilded Age in the history of the United States? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts. An activity helps students connect with the political machines of the time.

Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

20. Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

Refresh your memory of the 'Forgotten Presidents' of the Gilded Age, and learn how Civil Service Reform might have cleaned up the federal government, but not the cities and states. They were the domain of political machines, like Tammany Hall.

Market Revolution Lesson Plan

21. Market Revolution Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the market revolution in America with this lesson plan. A video lesson defines the term and gives an overview of its evolution in America. Support learning with discussion questions, cooperative learning activities and a quiz.

The Market Revolution in America: Definition & Overview

22. The Market Revolution in America: Definition & Overview

In this lesson you will learn what the market revolution was and why it happened. You will explore how it affected the lives of farmers and industrial workers and you will test your knowledge with a short quiz.

American Imperialism in the Pacific Lesson Plan

23. American Imperialism in the Pacific Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about American imperialism in the Pacific. A video lesson explores this topic as students apply to discussions and active learning, then take a quiz to test understanding.

American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines

24. American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines

American imperialism had a major effect on the world. In this lesson, find out how a nation became a part of the U.S. for almost 50 years and how one kingdom became a U.S. state. The effect of U.S. imperialism in Asia and the Pacific had a long-lasting and far-reaching effect that we can still see today!

Statue of Liberty Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. Statue of Liberty Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is the Statue of Liberty and what does it represent in America? This lesson plan uses two text lessons to lay out key facts for students. An activity provides a meaningful takeaway for students.

History of the Statue of Liberty: Lesson for Kids

26. History of the Statue of Liberty: Lesson for Kids

The Statue of Liberty is a famous statue that sits on a small island in New York. This lesson will teach you where it came from, where you can find it, why it's green, and some other cool facts about this national monument.

Statue of Liberty Facts: Lesson for Kids

27. Statue of Liberty Facts: Lesson for Kids

This lesson describes a famous national monument: the Statue of Liberty. You will also learn some interesting facts about the history of the Statue of Liberty and its different parts.

Immigration During the Gilded Age Lesson Plan

28. Immigration During the Gilded Age Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about immigration in the Gilded Age and see how nativists interacted with these changes. Then, they will analyze immigrant experience with primary source analysis and a brief writing exercise.

Transcontinental Railroad Activities & Games

29. Transcontinental Railroad Activities & Games

The Transcontinental Railroad was an engineering success that forever changed the history of the United States. Use these activities and games to help students learn about the Transcontinental Railroad.

Gilded Age Activities

30. Gilded Age Activities

As your students start a unit about the Gilded Age, they'll learn about industrialization and the increase in European immigrants to the United States. This lesson includes activities that will help you teach your students about the Gilded Age.

Transcontinental Railroad Activities for Kids

31. Transcontinental Railroad Activities for Kids

Do your students know that the Transcontinental Railroad was important to trade and the development of the western United States? Use these activities to help younger students learn about the Transcontinental Railroad and its impact on America.

American Industry Development in the Gilded Age Lesson Plan

32. American Industry Development in the Gilded Age Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can be used to teach students what American industry was like during the Gilded Age. A video lesson helps students understand key facts on the topic, which students then explore more deeply with an activity.

Labor Conditions in the Second Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan

33. Labor Conditions in the Second Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the labor conditions during the Second Industrial Revolution. Students watch a video lesson on the topic, think critically about the topic, explore cause and effect relationships, and take a quiz.

Second Industrial Revolution Urbanization Lesson Plan

34. Second Industrial Revolution Urbanization Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students describe the reasons for urbanization at the turn of the 20th century and some of the challenges it created. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

American Imperialism Lesson Plan

35. American Imperialism Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, we'll give you the tools to explain to your students why Puerto Rico and Guam are part of the United States, as well as other aspects of America's imperialist history.

Spanish-American War Lesson Plan

36. Spanish-American War Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will give you the tools to make sure that your students remember the salient points of the Spanish-American War without having to resort to using Yellow Journalism.

Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plan

37. Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach students about the history and impact of the Transcontinental Railroad. Explore the different railroad lines and learn about the hardships workers faced. Follow up with an activity to solidify learning.

Plessy v. Ferguson Lesson Plan

38. Plessy v. Ferguson Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help your students learn about the Supreme Court ruling in Plessy vs. Ferguson. Students should come away with an understanding of the key details of the case and will have the chance to put their knowledge to use.

Compromise of 1877 Lesson Plan

39. Compromise of 1877 Lesson Plan

What was the Compromise of 1877 and what did it have to do with American politics? In this lesson plan, teachers can help their students learn about the Compromise of 1877 and create a newspaper article reporting on the event.

Statue of Liberty Activities

40. Statue of Liberty Activities

Few symbols in the modern US are as potent as the Statue of Liberty. With these in-class activities, your students will have a chance to explore themes of history, culture, current events, and identity.

Annexation of Hawaii Lesson Plan

41. Annexation of Hawaii Lesson Plan

In this lesson, your students will learn about the events leading up to, as well as during, the annexation of the 50th state. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz, and complete a helpful hands-on activity.

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