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Transportation and Communication Inquiry

Setting the Stage
Introduce students to the influence of the telegraph on American society by showing this video from PBS Learning Media.
 
Supporting Questions
How did new technology change transportation and the environment?
 
How did telegraph technology change communication and the environment?
 
How did cars and airplanes change communities in the 1900s?
 
Formative Assessment
List the changes in transportation based on the evidence from the photographs.
 
List the changes in communication based on the evidence in the photographs.
 
List the changes based on the evidence in the photographs.
 
Argument
Create a poster showing the changes in communication and transportation from the early 1900s to the late 1900s.
 
Extension
Compare both the negative and positive effects of new technology.
 
Taking Informed Action
What is one problem caused by new technology today? Brainstorm ideas for solving this problem.

 

New York Central Depot in the Adirondacks, 1890s

Adirondack Museum Hospital, AM_P6895

N.Y. New York City. Herald Square, 1880-1910

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_NB38

N.Y. New York City. Broadway North from the Post office, 1880-1910

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_NB522

Peeled logs, circa 1900

State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, CESF_extension_lantern_42428

House on shoreline of river, circa 1920

New York State Archives, NYSA_14297-87_B12-98

Traffic on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in New York City, View East, 1932

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_Dn_NC62

Transportation - American Airlines  Plane at Airport, 1936

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_B16794