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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

Lesson E: The Origins and Spread of the Industrial Revolution

Opening: Revolutions Then and Now

During this lesson we will explore an economic revolution that transformed the world starting in the 19th century. Discoveries and advances that improved the standard of living for many people played an important part in this revolution. Similar changes have occurred during recent years. In order to better understand the transformations of the 19th century, you will first think about changes of the late 20th and early 21st century.

Directions: Read each newspaper headline from the most recent era of technological change. Then, answer the following questions as directed by your teacher.

Newspaper headline: Facebook Membership Tops 500 Million Newspaper headline: Every Continent Now Has Wireless Internet

Newspaper headline:  Express Train Service Serves Baltimore and DC Newspaper headline: Flights Increasing at Area Airports


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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following questions:

  • What do you think are the most important innovations during your lifetime?
  • How do these innovations impact travel and communication?
  • How do these inventions change your daily life?

Now that you have considered the changes that have occurred during your own lifetime, move on to learn about similar changes that occurred during the industrial era.