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Nobody Here But Us Capitalists:  Democracy, Big Business, and Progress at the turn of the 20th century
Day 3 - The Opinions of Historical Figures

Students met in groups based on the reading they had done the night before They were to discuss the reading and answer the following two questions:

  • What did your person think was a problem (or problems) with society?
  • What did your person think was the solution to this problem?

Pick one quotation from the piece your group read that would help your classmates know what your person is concerned about.

For the AP class and their more difficult sources, a sheet of 5 to 7 questions to answer might be helpful to give more focus to their group discussions.

Then they were to choose one group member to be your person in a panel discussion tomorrow.

I am not sure how to fix the waste of time that occurs between this discussion and the Meet the Press activity the next day. This discussion and the Meet the Press require too much concentration to do in one day. However, doing them on two separate days involves allowing the students to re-group and get back in the mood of their historical person before doing Meet the Press.

Before beginning the lesson
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Internet Resources
Worksheet:" Meet the Press"
MS Word version
pdf version

Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit

"Nobody Here But Us Capitalists:
Democracy, Big Business, and Progress at the Turn of the 20th Century"

Subject: U.S. History
Grade Level: 11th

Lesson Plan Author:
Elizabeth Haugen
Organization: OUSD