It’s Flocabulary’s Industrial Revolution rap! In this song, witness a time period marked by booming factories and new technology. But not everyone was living happily ever after. Whole families were squished into small tenements in dirty cities. If you think the school day is long, these kids had to work in textile mills with no breaks at all. Come learn more about life in the Industrial Revolution!
Possible Unit(s) of Discussion:
Gilded Age, Industrialization
How to use in the classroom:
- Play this song and have the students follow along with lyrics. After the song plays, the students can click on the lyrics and read annotations for the song. The students can use the lyrics and the annotations to discuss the following questions:
- What is industrialization?
- What factors lead to the industrial revolution?
- What are the positive and negative aspects of the “industrial dream.” Explain and justify your response using examples from the song and from your life.
- What are some of the inventions that helped to bring about the Industrial Revolution. Is one more important than the others? Explain your response.
- Play this song and have the students follow along with lyrics. DO NOT have the students click on the annotations. Instead, divide the students into groups and have the students use their research skills to annotate the song. Depending on the size of each group, the students can be given several lines or an entire stanza. GoogleDocs would facilitate this collaborative process and allow students to annotate using text and various media. Some possible topics for student annotation include:
- Defining the various terms and individuals in each section.
- Summarizing the meaning of each section.
- Explaining your opinion of the “industrial dream” based on the lyrics and research for each section.
- Have the students create their own Flocabulary rap video/audio file. The students can focus more specifically on the individuals and events mentioned in the song. Some examples for possible topics include:
- Child labor
- Specific inventions
- Factory work
- The positive and negative aspects of capitalism
- Facilitate a debate/discussion in which the students discuss whether the “industrial dream” is a blessing or curse for society. Students can use historical research and information from current events to justify their opinions.