When teaching about Industrialization, I want students to understand that while inventions and adaptations have helped society in countless ways, these benefits don’t come without a price–in the form of negative environmental impact. In my lesson I use the essential question, “How does industrialization have both positive and negative effects on the environment?” The conversation from Hippocrates about problem-solving offers a unique way for students to think about the ever-evolving technology, some of which we could arguably do without. I would ask them to consider what “doing nothing” really means through the lens of industrialization.
Level: Elementary Social Studies
Subject Area: American History
Author: Tiffany Heitman