The Progressive Movement & Foreign Affairs Chapters 16 & 17 Verbal/Linguistic

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The Progressive Movement & Foreign Affairs

Chapters 16 & 17

  1. Read a passage from The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and discuss it.

  2. Write a report on Ida Tarbell

  3. Write an essay that discusses the major goals of the Progressives

  4. Explain why the Progressive Movement began in the Northeast

  5. Write a persuasive paper advocating the end of child labor in 1910

  6. Compare and contrast the Progressive policies of Presidents Roosevelt, Wilson, and Taft

  7. Create a slogan about the idealism of the Progressives

  8. Write a newspaper article about a major accomplishment of the Progressives.

  9. Write a summary of the affect the Spanish American War had upon the nation.

Logical /Mathematical

  1. Sequence the major accomplishments of the Progressives on a time line from 1900 until America’s entry into World War I.

  2. Discover any patterns in the policies of U.S. presidents toward trust busing.

  3. Predict how the coming of World War I affected child labor.

  4. Evaluate the major reasons why the Progressives challenged major companies.

  5. Analyze data about the social issues the Progressives confronted.

  6. Synthesize ideas about reforms made in the meat-packing industry as a result of the novel The Jungle.


  1. Research and analyze five political cartoons about child labor.

  2. Draw a political cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt as a trust buster.

  3. Draw a scene of a Muckraker investing in a particular industry.

  4. Draw a political cartoon advocating for the 17th Amendment.

  5. Draw a political cartoon of Susan B. Anthony discussing suffrage with President Teddy Roosevelt.

  6. Make a poster advocating the passage of the 19th Amendment.

  7. Create a presentation about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.


  1. Play for the class a song by Scott Joplin and analyze the lyrics.

  2. Interpret the lyrics to Alexander’s Ragtime Band” by Irving Berlin

  3. Evaluate ragtime music and determine its influence on jazz music

  4. Take a popular song today and perform it in the style of the Progressive Age.


  1. Role-play Ida Tarbell as she investigates Standard Oil.

  2. Perform a skit about the meat-packing industry before passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.

  3. Role-play Bob Lafollette advocating for the regulation of railroad rates.

  4. Act out the role of women in Wyoming voting for the first time.

  5. Perform a skit about Prohibition.

  6. Role play a federal agent voicing his or her opinion of trying to enforce Prohibition.


  1. Discuss the policies of Gifford Pinochet, the director of the U.S. Forest Service.

  2. Evaluate President Taft’s decision to open Alaskan wilderness to public developers.

  3. Record how the terrain of Panama was affected by the building of a canal during the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt.

  4. Determine how Dr. William Gorgas eliminated malaria and yellow fever from Panama.

  5. Determine how the president wanted to use America’s resources but also wanted to protect the environment and natural beauty.

  6. Discuss the impact that the Newlands Act of 1902 had upon the deserts of the Southwest.


  1. You and a partner prepare a presentation on why the Progressive Movement was primarily an upper middle class movement.

  2. You and a partner interview each other about why America was slow to end child labor.

  3. Write a collaborative paper on the photographs of Lewis Hine.

  4. Criticize the industrial giants who brought many social problems to industrial cities.

  5. Do a team presentation on the most important pieces of legislation passed between the years of 1900-1917.

  6. Reach a consensus with a partner explaining why the 18th, 19th, and 20th amendments were passed.

  7. Reach a consensus on which social problems need addressing in America today and prepare a presentation.


  1. Make an action plan for cleaning up the meat-packing industry in 1906.

  2. Prioritize the agenda for the elimination of America’s social problems from 1900-1917.

  3. Write an editorial about Civil Rights during the Progressive Age after the landmark Supreme Court decision of Plessy v. Ferguson.

  4. Write about the actions of President Wilson as a Progressive.

  5. Express your likes and dislikes about Prohibition and the 18th Amendment.

  6. How did legislators try to prevent another disaster like the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911?

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