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Ch 3: US Progressive Era Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter contains lesson plans that you can use to teach your students about the Progressive Era in American history. Each lesson plan goes over a different topic, as well as ways you can bring it up in your classroom.

US Progressive Era Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Before you begin a lesson on the American Progressive Era in your history class, it's a good idea to go through this online chapter to get the helpful lesson plans we have included there. These lesson plans will help you make sure that your students learn the basics of key topics related to the Progressive Era and its impact on American history. This chapter specifically contains lesson plans on:

  • The biography of Jacob Riis
  • Definition and examples of the American dream
  • Progressive Era definition and amendments
  • Progressive Era muckrakers
  • Work and home improvements

The chapter's video lessons will provide comprehensive instruction on these topics as an added educational resource for your classroom.

How It Helps

  • Topic definitions: Provides the definitions of certain topics highly relevant to the American Progressive Era
  • Notable biographies: Offers biographical information on significant figures from this period in American history
  • Historical significance: Goes over the events and developments of the Progressive Era and their significance to American history

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Progressive Era lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Progressive Era topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Progressive Era 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 historical concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Progressive Era-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

44 Lessons in Chapter 3: US Progressive Era Lesson Plans
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Progressive Era Lesson Plan

1. Progressive Era Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and other resources from Study.com, you'll be able to show your students why they have to go to school, as well as why the food they eat is safe for human consumption.

The Progressive Era: Definition & Amendments

2. The Progressive Era: Definition & Amendments

The Progressive Era was a period of significant change in the United States that lasted for roughly the first two decades of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about the four amendments that came from this period of reform.

Work and Home Improvements of the Progressive Era

3. Work and Home Improvements of the Progressive Era

During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, reformers made efforts to improve living conditions in society. Lean how Progressive reformers worked to alleviate difficulties facing Americans in the workplace and at home.

Progressivism Lesson Plan

4. Progressivism Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about Progressivism with this lesson plan. Students will watch an engaging video that defines the movement, what the Progressives wanted, and the results of their movement.

What is Progressivism? - Definition, History & Goals

5. What is Progressivism? - Definition, History & Goals

The Progressive era changed U.S. society permanently; every aspect of modern American life still shows the impact of the reformers of the era. But what did they want? And why did they want it? The belief of all Progressives - that we really could end all human suffering - was the inspiration for a massive overhaul of American life.

Jacob Riis Lesson Plan

6. Jacob Riis Lesson Plan

What makes a great American? Teach students about Jacob Riis with this lesson plan. Students read about his life, work and legacy. Discuss with multi-level questions, then apply knowledge with an engaging activity.

Jacob Riis: Biography, Facts & Books

7. Jacob Riis: Biography, Facts & Books

How do you go from living in a slum to being a reporter, photojournalist, and author whom President Theodore Roosevelt called the best American he ever knew? Read on to learn how Jacob Riis did it.

Muckrakers Lesson Plan

8. Muckrakers Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you can teach your students about muckrakers. Have students practice their knowledge with a group activity, then extend learning with suggestions for additional activities and lessons.

The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence

9. The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence

A spirit of reform marked the Progressive Era from around 1900 to 1917. It was in this spirit that muckrakers, who were influential journalists, worked to reveal injustices and oversights in American society. Learn how muckrakers raised awareness of America's social, economic and political problems.

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Lesson Plan

10. Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Students will read a text lesson about the event, interact with content, and apply understanding in fun and creative ways. Finish with a quiz to check understanding.

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Facts & Consequences

11. Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Facts & Consequences

In this lesson, learn of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and how negligence caused the death of many workers. Understand the role this tragedy played in creating laws and regulations to protect workers.

Booker T. Washington Lesson Plan

12. Booker T. Washington Lesson Plan

Do your students know about Booker T. Washington? This lesson plan uses a simple but informative text lesson and a timeline activity to teach students about the life and work of this important African-American author and scholar.

Booker T. Washington: Biography, Quotes & Accomplishments

13. Booker T. Washington: Biography, Quotes & Accomplishments

Experience the life and legacy of the famous African-American leader of post-Civil War America, Booker T. Washington. Learn about his conservative ideas on race relations and his dedicated pursuit of black economic empowerment through vocational training. Then, take the quiz for the lesson to see what you know!

Annie Oakley Lesson Plan

14. Annie Oakley Lesson Plan

Why did Annie Oakley leave such an indelible mark on American history? This lesson plan helps to explain that with the help of a fact-filled text lesson and hands-on activity.

Annie Oakley Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

15. Annie Oakley Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

Annie Oakley, nicknamed Little Sure Shot, was known as an incredible female sharpshooter in the 1880s. In this lesson, we will learn about Annie Oakley and her life in the American West.

Woodrow Wilson Lesson Plan

16. Woodrow Wilson Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about President Woodrow Wilson. Students will watch an engaging video lesson outlining Wilson's foreign and domestic policy. They will then discuss and analyze content in interactive ways and take a quiz.

Woodrow Wilson: Presidency & Reforms

17. Woodrow Wilson: Presidency & Reforms

Woodrow Wilson went from being a political scientist to one of America's most loved presidents. This lesson looks at his development as a politician, his reforms, and the achievements of his presidency.

Jane Addams Lesson Plan

18. Jane Addams Lesson Plan

Teach your students about Jane Addams and the Hull House with this lesson plan. Students use a text and video lesson to learn about her life and work and discuss the impact it had on education, discuss content, and apply concepts to an activity.

Jane Addams & Hull House: Biography, Facts & Contributions

19. Jane Addams & Hull House: Biography, Facts & Contributions

Meet Jane Addams and discover how her drive to help others led her to establish Hull House, the first American settlement house. Learn how Addams and Hull House improved life for American immigrants.

Jane Addams' Impact on Education

20. Jane Addams' Impact on Education

Jane Addams serves as an outstanding example of how compassion and dedication can be used to support others. In this lesson, we will provide a brief background of her life but more specifically an in-depth look at her impact on education in the U.S.

John D. Rockefeller Lesson Plan

21. John D. Rockefeller Lesson Plan

How did John D. Rockefeller leave his mark on society? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight his life and work for students. An activity aimed at analysis connects students to one of his major achievements.

John D. Rockefeller: Biography, Facts & Timeline

22. John D. Rockefeller: Biography, Facts & Timeline

John D. Rockefeller was the founder of the Standard Oil Company, and one of the greatest philanthropists in United States History. His actions as a businessman and industrialist set standards for government policies in the regulation of monopolies.

Trust Busting Lesson Plan

23. Trust Busting Lesson Plan

Help students understand the concept of a trust and monopoly by using this lesson plan which includes a text/video lesson, discussion questions and a thought provoking writing assignment.

Trust Busting and Government Regulations on Economy & Industry in the Progressive Era

24. Trust Busting and Government Regulations on Economy & Industry in the Progressive Era

During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, government intervened in the economy, breaking up trusts, and regulating railroads and other industries. Learn how government worked to curb the power of unregulated big business and provide tariff and banking reforms.

Temperance Movement Lesson Plan

25. Temperance Movement Lesson Plan

What was the temperance movement and why is it important in the history of the United States? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts, and an activity connects students to main themes.

The Temperance Movement: Definition, Leaders & Timeline

26. The Temperance Movement: Definition, Leaders & Timeline

Through this lesson, you will learn about the temperance movement, including what its members believed and how they influenced American politics in the 20th century.

Morse Code Lesson Plan

27. Morse Code Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to each your students about Morse code. Students will read an informational text lesson explaining what it is, who invented it, how it developed and how it's used. Discussion questions and hands-on learning engage students throughout learning and a quiz helps you determine understanding.

What is Morse Code? - Definition, Alphabet &  History

28. What is Morse Code? - Definition, Alphabet & History

Morse code is a communication tool using symbols and transmitted via telegraph. Used both locally and internationally, it is both efficient and simple. Learn its history and development in this lesson, and take a short quiz at the end.

Populist Movement Lesson Plan

29. Populist Movement Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to the People's Party and the populist movement at the turn of the 20th century. Students will create an advertisement to persuade people to join the People's Party and will engage in a debate about the Omaha platform.

Populist Movement: Definition & Facts

30. Populist Movement: Definition & Facts

American politics changed a lot between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At the heart of this change was the Populist movement. We're going to explore the history of this movement, see where it came from, and how it impacted American politics.

The Wright Brothers Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. The Wright Brothers Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the Wright brothers with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains who the brothers were and how they used science to fly. Discussion questions, activities, and an application project make learning stick.

Wright Brothers Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

32. Wright Brothers Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

The Wright Brothers used their creativity and inventiveness to design one of the most loved inventions of all time, the airplane. In this lesson, find out what led these two brothers to make possible what others thought was impossible!

Yellow Journalism Activities

33. Yellow Journalism Activities

Yellow journalism was used in the late-19th century by competing newspapers fighting for readership. The following activities explains the history of yellow journalism and depicts how today's media and advertisers influence our perception with sensational reporting and fake news.

Progressivism Activities & Games

34. Progressivism Activities & Games

Progressivism has been around since the Enlightenment and continues to this day. The activities in this lesson are designed to help students dive deeper into progressivism and its role in society.

Telegraph Lesson Plan

35. Telegraph Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the telegraph with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in activities to help reinforce some of the concepts they recently learned.

Invention of the Telegraph: History & Overview

36. Invention of the Telegraph: History & Overview

In this lesson we explore the invention of the telegraph. One of the most important communication systems of the nineteenth century, the telegraph revolutionized communications, sending messages that previously had taken days in only minutes.

Titanic Lesson Plan for Elementary School

37. Titanic Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What was the Titanic and how did it meet a tragic fate? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about the Titanic for the class. An activity challenges students to create a model of the ill-fated ship.

Titanic Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

38. Titanic Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

In this lesson, we'll discuss the Titanic, a massive ship that sank in April 1912. You'll learn about the ship itself and the people who were on the Titanic that fateful night, as well as what brought this 'unsinkable' ship down.

Muckraking Lesson Plan

39. Muckraking Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about Progressive Era muckraking and practice their own investigative skills through a brief, small-group research activity.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century Lesson Plan

40. Reform Movements of the 19th Century Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about reform movements of the 19th century. Students will watch a video and answer questions, and will then conduct further research about one of the reforms to discuss with the class.

Cult of Domesticity Lesson Plan

41. Cult of Domesticity Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the Cult of Domesticity and 19th century gender roles. They will explore the ways that women engaged with gender norms of the time and argued for greater equality.

Granger & Populist Movements Lesson Plan

42. Granger & Populist Movements Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the Granger and Populists Movements in American history. They will explore this by holding their own Populist national convention, selecting a platform, and electing a candidate.

Schenck v. United States Lesson Plan

43. Schenck v. United States Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed for teachers who are creating plans about the limits of freedom of expression. Students will learn about the Supreme Court Case Schenck v. United States and its impact on First Amendment rights.

Destiny of the Republic Discussion Questions

44. Destiny of the Republic Discussion Questions

''Destiny of the Republic'' is an engaging work of narrative nonfiction, covering the life and assassination of President Garfield. These questions can help guide a class discussion on Garfield's life as well as how we construct and view history.

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