Year 9 Industrial Revolution
Capital and Labour (Punch Archive) retrieved from http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/victorianbritain/industrial/default.htm 3/5/12
This subject guide is still under construction and so far has taken 8 hours to resource (and I have been having layout issues!). The Industrial Revolution is a HUGE topic that I remember being very boring when I was at school! Isn’t it wonderful the internet came along to liven things up.
The Industrial Revolution (1750 – 1914)
A suggestion of how to approach this topic can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/MarionLittlejohn/industrial-revolution-htav-2011
The first place many kids will go is Wikipedia. It is quite text dense but could be useful for the section on technological developments. A better alternative is the often forgotten school or local library databases (encyclopaedias).
Industrial Revolution. (2012). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/287086/Industrial-Revolution
I can’t provide links to such sites as they are “by subscription” but here are some hints
Search for ”Industrial Revolution”
Search for “Industrial Revolution”. Also search “British Industrial Revolution”. You could also mix other search terms with “industrial revolution” (industrial revolution and inventions).
This is an excellent interactive resource that provides extensive, approachable information and interesting and fun activities. The aim is to encourage students to look critically at documentary evidence of the past through looking at a section (gallery) which focuses upon an area of public life during the Victorian period. In each of these galleries, students are required to investigate an aspect of Victorian life by considering a key question. Whilst all the galleries are interesting the most pertinent would be An Industrial Nation? How safe was it to work in Victorian Britain? Each gallery is made up an introduction, a timeline, a series of sources, each with tasks, further background information and aeries of activities, which require students to make use of the knowledge and understanding that they have acquired (INCLUDING GAMES!)
Origins and Technological Innovations
A film is always useful
Turning Points in History – Industrial Revolution uploaded to Youtube AllHistories on Oct 2, 2009
Sydney’s Powerhouse museum has resources such as this http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=7177&search=boulton+watt&images=&c=&s=
Britain’s Culture 24 a portal for British museums. Type in Industrial Revolution http://www.culture24.org.uk/search%20results?q=industrial+revolution
Way of life (experiences of men, women, children)
Child Labour in Britain http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/IRchild.main.htm
Child Labour Activity http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Twork.htm
Children in Victorian Britain – Whilst targeted at primary students this is a visually appealing and useful resource http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/victorian_britain/
The Sadler Committee Report on Textile Factories http://history.hanover.edu/courses/excerpts/111sad.html
Modern History Sourcebook: Harriet Robinson: Lowell Mill Girls, In her autobiography, Harriet Hanson Robinson, explains some of the family dynamics involved, and lets us see the women as active participants in their own lives – for instance in their strike of 1836. (describes US Mill Life) http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/robinsonlowell.html
How about some Horrible Histories! Check out their Youtube Channel, watch on BBC or ABC3 in Australia or paytv. Look out for the following
Another way into a topic (particularly modern day )is through tag galaxy –it a way students can get a visual impression of a topic. Check out this one using Industrial revolution and England as tags.
Workbook sample chapter
Differentiation theory and the Industrial Revolution
Carol Ann Tomlinson is known for her books on differentiation. She provides an example of differentiating the Industrial Revolution in this book –
I Pad App
Dickens novel or film versions would be a way into the Industrial Revolution – look for resources such as this – http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/olivertwist/teachers_guide.html