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Textile Mills

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1830s - Textile Mills


  1. Research the textile mills taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character working at a textile mill, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries. (Sample interpretation: 1 interpretation and 2 interpretation )
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how and why the textile mills came about
    • contains information of what happened in textile mills
    • uses supporting details to explain how the textile mills affected the growth history of the United States!
  4. Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the growth of textile mills.

Online resources:
  1. Student 1 and Student 2 interpretations as a character of the period
  2. Images of Lowell and the Boott Mill in Lowell, Massachusetts
  3. Nationalism and sectionalism (chronology)
  4. 1848 - Lowell Rules
  5. Work, Lyddie, Work - textile mills
  1. McCully, Emily. The Bobbin Girl
  2. Simonds, Christopher. Samuel Slater's Mill and the Industrial Revolution
  3. Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie (182 ps.) [Vermont girl goes to Lowell in 1840s)(description) (review)
  4. Monjo, F. N. Slater's Mill
  5. Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Factories.
  6. Clements, Gillian. Picture History of Great Inventors
  7. Langley, Andrew. The Industrial Revolution
  8. Colman, Penny. Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children (48 ps.) Biography of Mary Harris "Mother" Jones who organized a protest march in 1903 to defend the rights of underage mill workers.

As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to explore textiles during the Industrial Revolution.

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