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14. The Influence of the Transcontinental Railroad

posted Nov 15, 2011, 7:56 PM by rbrown@yisseoul.org   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 7:57 PM ]
Introduction

As the West was growing, methods had to be developed to link Eastern Markets to Western citizens.  On May 1o, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, providing a direct route across the nation.  Railroads continued to cut through the West, and by 1890 there were over 180,000 miles of railroad track  across the country.

Task

Your class will divided into four different groups who were influenced by the developments of railroads in the West.  Each group will have a specific task which is to be completed by the next class period. During the next class, groups will share their creations with the class and we will discuss the influence railroads had on the nation.

Procedure

Click the link to find your group's directions.  Follow the instructions listed.

During the next class period, you will....

  • Meet as a team to choose five words or phrases which best express your team's attitude toward the Transcontinental Railroad (in the roles you played).
  • These words should be written down on large index cards, and decorated with appropriate images. These will later be put up on a display.

Expectations


  • All creations need to show thought and creativity. You may not be the best artists, but you have the ability to think creatively.  Use the resources and time given to you to produce quality material.
  • All pieces must be ready to be presented at the beginning of the next class period.  You must turn in a PHYSICAL copy of your work.
Rubric

  Excellent    Good    Fair            Poor    
 Content:
  • Accuracy
  • Interpretation
  • Thoroughness
 

10
 

9-8
 

7-6


5
Appearance/Structure:
  • Creative
  • Thoughtful
 

5
 

4
 

3
 

2
 Presentation:
  • Knowledgeable
  • Analytical
 

5
 

4


3
 

2

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