The video teaches through the power of story which makes history relevant and meaningful for students. Students learn how industrialization led to the rise of big business and how John D. Rockefeller used ruthless efficiency to lead Standard Oil to dominate the oil industry. Students learn about both the positive and negative impacts trusts like Standard Oil had on the country. Covering the benefits of innovation and transformations that occurred with industrialization students grapple with the ultimate cost of the rise of big business on America then to better consider its impact today. ✅ The lessons cover state-standards while making sure the content is still interesting.
Captains of Industry or Robber Barrons Activity
After the video, notes, and quiz, students read a secondary source that covers the debate over "Robber Barons and Captains of Industry." First they create a T chart to gather evidence, and then write an op-ed for a newspaper if trusts should be broken up.
There are answer keys for everything! Click & deliver engagement! This is a history video curriculum like no other!