Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution


This comprehensive Industrial Revolution unit includes all the information needed to teach the industrial era in your classroom. No textbook is needed! It includes well-crafted informational text in chronological order along with comprehension questions, a study guide, and test. This is my newest unit. Several of my social studies units have been best sellers for years!

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What information is included in the unit?

Thomas Newcomen’s first steam engine

James Hargreave’s Spinning Jenny

James Watt’s new design for a steam engine

James Fitch’s steam engine design

Samuel Slater’s first cotton mill

Eli Whitney’s cotton gin

Richard Trevithick’s steam-powered locomotive

Robert Fulton’s steamboat and commercial steamboat company

Government roads

George Stephenson’s steam locomotive

The Erie Canal

First public railway

Peter Cooper’s Tom Thumb steam engine

First commercial steam engine

Cyrus McCormick’s mechanical reaper

John Deere’ steel plow

Joseph Dart and Robert Dunbar’s grain elevator

Charles Goodyears’ rubber

Samuel Morse’s telegraph

Elisha Howe’s sewing machine

Elisha Otis’s safety brake for elevators

Henry Bessemer’s steel production

Transcontinental Railroad

The National Labor Union

The Knights of Labor

George Brayton’s first combustion engine

Joseph Glidden’s barbed wire

Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone

Thomas Edison’s incandescent lightbulb

George Eastmans’ camera

Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz’s modern-style cars

The American Federation of Labor

Guglielmo Marconi’s machine to transmit radio waves

Wilbur and Orville Wright’s airplane

The National Child Labor Committee

Reginald Fessenden’s broadcast music and entertainment over the radio

Benjamin Holt’s gasoline-powered tractor

Henry Ford’s Model T on the assembly line

The end of the Industrial Revolution

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What is included?

Daily/Weekly Plan (Total 3 weeks)

Cover Page


Informational text (14 articles) with comprehension questions

Study guide


Full Page Student Version

1/2 Page Informational Text Booklet

Answer Keys

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What skills are covered?

Cause and Effect

5 W’s

Text Evidence

Text Dependent Analysis





Point of View

Chronological Order

Compare and Contrast


Map Reading

STUDENT VERSION: IT IS BEST USED WHEN STUDENTS HAVE THEIR OWN TABLET OR DEVICE! SEND THEM THE PDF! (Be careful not to put them on a public website. For copyright purposes, websites need to be password protected)

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