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City of Immigrants

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City of Immigrants


Content Source:

WNET Thirteen
Type: Interactive/Game


In this interactive game from WNET Thirteen, “City of Immigrants,” players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement. Teachers need to register for a free account. This game can be played in a whole group setting or individually. Teachers can download an educator's guide.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 11
United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
1 ) Explain the transition of the United States from an agrarian society to an industrial nation prior to World War I. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.k.]

•  Interpreting the impact of change from workshop to factory on workers' lives, including the New Industrial Age from 1870 to 1900, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Pullman Strike, the Haymarket Square Riot, and the impact of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Samuel Gompers, Eugene V. Debs, A. Philip Randolph, and Thomas Alva Edison
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Describe the impact of the shift from an agrarian to an industrialized nation on various groups in the United States.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • agrarian
  • industrialized
  • industrialization
  • transition
  • technological
  • laissez faire
  • interdependent
  • globalized
Students know:
  • The path the United States took to transition from an agrarian to an industrialized nation.
  • The roles of technological advancement, laissez faire economic policies, and deregulation in the switch from agrarian to industrialized.
  • Key social changes, political events, industries, and individuals who were instrumental in the move of the U.S. from an agrarian to an industrialized society.
  • The organization of workers and farmers in response to the changes resulting from industrialization and the impact of these changes on American society.
  • The complexities of major shifts of pre-industrialized society to post-industrialized society.
Students are able to:
  • Describe the progression of a society as it transitioned from one type of society to another, such as transition of American society from an agrarian to an industrialized nation,
  • Analyze the roles of individuals, industry, technological advancements, social changes, and political advances and movements in the changes seen in societies.
  • Identify the complexities of the major shifts of pre-industrialized society to post-industrialized society.
  • Analyze primary and secondary historical sources.
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Students understand that:
  • The United States shifted from an agrarian to an industrialized society, and this shift influenced the complexities of interdependent relationships among groups in the country, and there are comparisons between this shift in the United States to changes in the globalized society of today.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.11.1- Compare an agricultural society and an industrial nation; identify specific examples of the transition from 1870 to prior to World War I.
SS.AAS.11.1a- Define agrarian society, assimilation, industrialization, urbanization, and immigration.
SS.AAS.11.1b - Identify groups of western settlers, including areas of conflict with Native Americans.
SS.AAS.11.1c - Identify various advancements made during the Western Expansion including windmills, barbed wire, revolver, and the transcontine

Tags: Jewish immigrant, labor unions
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Developed for use in middle and high school classrooms, Mission US engages students in the study of transformational moments in American history. Each mission consists of an interactive game and a set of curriculum materials that are aligned to national standards and feature document-based activities. The game immerses players in rich, historical settings and then empowers them to make choices that illuminate how ordinary people experienced the past. The Educator's Guide provides a wealth of resources and activities for both teachers and students, including primary source documents that show the broader social, political, and economic context of events and perspectives featured in the game. Since some of the topics Mission US explores are difficult, it is recommended that teachers/parents preview the game content to make sure it is appropriate for their students/children. 


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Author: Ginger Boyd