Setting the Stage
Introduce students to the influence of the telegraph on American society by showing this video from PBS Learning Media.
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?
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.
Create a poster showing the changes in communication and transportation from the early 1900s to the late 1900s.
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.