Subject Area(s): United States/Virginia History

Grade Level(s): 11

Format of Library of Congress media: Maps

Best Instructional Practices


VUS.8 The student will demonstrate knowledge of how the nation grew and changed from the end of Reconstruction through the early twentieth century by
a) explaining the relationship among territorial expansion, westward movement of the population, new immigration, growth of cities, & the admission of new states to the Union;

Benchmark 8.2: The student analyzes the ways that cultural and economic change redefined American ideals at the turn of the 20th century.
e) Explain how industrialization led to the rapid growth of cities and what problems arose as a result of this rapid growth.

Benchmark 8.3: The student analyzes factors that fueled the modern industrial economy: industrialization, urbanization, immigration and available natural resources.
e. Describe the impact of industrial production on distribution methods, transportation, and communication technologies.

Benchmark: Analyze the impact of industrialization and urbanization as causes of political, economic, and social changes. (SOL 11.7, 11.8)


  1. Describe the impact of third parties on the American political system.
  2. Evaluate how movements for social justice addressed problems created by industrialization, urbanization and political corruption.


10-15 minute introduction (at the end of previous class) and 1 class block (90 minutes)

Lesson Summary

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

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