Industrialization, Inventors, and Ingenious Inventions
My students need graphic novels about great inventors and issues in industrialization for a upcoming project. These books will be used to enhance their learning about inventions that have changed history.
I am a seventh-grade social studies teacher at an inner-city school. My students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, some are refugees and some have been in this city for generations. We have 100% free and reduced lunches for our students.
Both my students and I walk in every day ready to meet the challenges that we both throw at each other.
They begin each day with their own challenges and baggage. Did they get breakfast? Did their siblings eat and make it to school on time? This is where we meet at 8 o'clock each weekday morning. We then must work through all of this and begin our attempts at learning. My goal every day is for us to have a place where the students can leave their baggage at the door and learn something new from each other.
I try to include chances for us to be creative, to break up long days of sitting quietly with projects and interactive elements. Each day is a brand-new experience, and an opportunity for all of us to learn from each other.
My students will be entering a unit about industrialization. We will be focusing on the ways that different inventions have catapulted our society through history, as well as some of the problems that have been created.
We will be reading about different inventions and inventors before creating our own inventions.
The students will spend some time with inventors from history to understand the implications of industrialization. We will use the graphic novels to create small research projects about each of the many inventors. This information will then be used to inspire the students to come up with their own inventions designed to solve a problem they have in their lives.
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