Industrial Revolution Graveyard
|Tombstone Project with Printable Instruction Sheet and Rubric - World History - Industrial Revolution|
Goal: Students will create individual tombstones marking the lives and achievements of leading inventors and innovators from the Industrial Revolution. Together, these tombstones will form a classroom graveyard.
Instructions: Using a person from the list below, you will create an aesthetically pleasing (nice-looking) tombstone complete with the following information (written correctly):
· Name of inventor/innovator
· Date of birth
· Date of death
· Three “bullet points” (facts) about her/his achievements
· Epitaph (a brief piece of prose commemorating the deceased; can be a single sentence)
List of Inventors and Innovators:
Alexander Graham Bell
Cyrus W. Field
James B. Hill
Lee de Forest
Samuel F.B. Morse
|Click here for a printable version of this lesson plan sheet complete with instructions and grading rubric.|
Teaching tip: Give the students copies of this sheet when explaining the assignment, highlighting on individual sheets each student's assigned inventor/innovator. When tombstones are complete, have the kids turn in these sheets with their projects. Then fill in the student's grades in the rubric table, making comments below as needed. Tombstones are then displayed throughout the classroom, and completed sheets with grades are returned to the students. This way, grade confidentiality is not compromised (as might happen if grades are placed directly on the displayed tombstones).
FYI: These lesson plans can be completed in the span of a single class period, but most students will want extra time for inspiration (regarding the epitaph and aesthetic quality).
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