Theme Project: You are living during the late 1800s. You see big changes taking place around you: new inventions, ideas, products. Create a character from this period -- perhaps a farmer or factory worker -- who might be affected by these trends.

1. Choose a Character Create a character who lived during the late 1800s. Think about your character. Where does your character live? What does your character do? How old is he or she? Write a brief description of your character on the lines below.

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2. Create a Diagram How did the changes of the late 1800s affect your character? As you work through the unit, keep a list of the new inventions, ideas, and products of the late 1800s. Take notes on how different people and regions were affected by the changing times.

  • List completed
  • Notes completed

Now use your list and notes make a diagram with the headings “Before” and “After.” Use it to describe your character's life before and after the introduction of new inventions, ideas and people.

check Diagram completed

3. Create a Map Using an outline map of the United States create a map that shows where your character lives. Decide if your character will move to another region because of the changes happening around him or her. If so, show the route of your character's journey on the map.

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4. Write an Editorial Choose a new invention from the late 1800s. Write a short editorial about the invention. Make sure to include in your editorial the effects of the invention on the people and the nation in the late 1800s.

As you write, check off each step below as you complete it.

  • First draft completed
  • Grammar checked
  • Classmate review completed
  • Final draft completed

5. Role-Play Your Character Share your character's experiences in the late 1800s with your classmates by reading your editorial, being interviewed, or displaying your map and diagram.