Students will investigate the goals of the Progressive reformers and explain how they impacted society. This unit will address conservation, prohibition and the FDA.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


social reform Progressives



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Update Standards?

SOC.11.US.11.2.1: History-Social Science

Know the effects of industrialization on living and working conditions, including the portrayal of working conditions and food safety in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

SOC.11.US.11.2.7: History-Social Science

Analyze the similarities and differences between the ideologies of Social Darwinism and Social Gospel (e.g., using biographies of William Graham Sumner, Billy Sunday, Dwight L. Moody).

SOC.11.US.11.2.9: History-Social Science

Understand the effect of political programs and activities of the Progressives (e.g., federal regulation of railroad transport, Children's Bureau, the Sixteenth Amendment, Theodore Roosevelt, Hiram Johnson).
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2010-07-31.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is a thoughtful and creative unit on the Progressive Era. In a series of activities students are guided through the process of exploring the essential question of whether the social reforms of the era were successful. The individual lessons are varied ranging from a discussion of a song about the era’s problems to a vocabulary worksheet that provides important background content to a culminating newspaper tabloid project that responds to the essential question. The materials are all posted including all worksheets, a quiz with an answer sheet, a PowerPoint, guidelines for the project, and a rubric and model assignment. It should be noted that while the unit plan lays out time allotments for each activity, it might be beneficial to spread out the lessons over a longer period of time in order to allow adequate time for students to complete each task and fully understand the content.
Janet Pinto
September 19, 2014

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