In social studies, I’m preparing a unit on The Industrial Revolution–the period of history in which massive changes to the manufacturing process altered the course of human history. The Abraham Lincoln conversation about self-determination would be a great way to introduce this time period, giving students the opportunity to discuss the power of innovation and how invention has the power to uncannily predict the future. This unit would also serve a cross-curricular purpose, lending itself well to the reading skill of identifying cause-and-effect.
Level: Elementary or Secondary Social Studies
Subject Area: U.S. and World History
Author: Tiffany Heitman