Inventors/InventionsIndustrial Revolution Web quest
The Industrial Revolution was a time of dramatic change, from hand tools and handmade items, to products which were mass produced by machines. Workers became more productive. Since more items were manufactured, prices dropped, making exclusive and hard to make items available to the poor and not only the rich and elite. Life generally improved, but the Industrial Revolution also proved harmful. Pollution increased, working conditions were harmful, and factory owners employed women and young children, making them work long and hard hours. The Industrial Revolution was a time for change, for better or worse.
Industrial Revolution - Classes of People
The Industrial Revolution made drastic changes on the lives of individuals. Two classes that benefited from it were the "middle" and “upper” classes. These two classes were composed of people that had wealth and success. Even though most could afford goods anyway, the prices lowered even more, so that those who could not afford them before could now enjoy the comfort and convenience of the new products being made.The middle class was composed of businessmen and other professionals. The larger the Industrial Revolution grew, the more powerful these individuals became. Individuals and groups formed new libraries, schools, and universities because there was a sudden need for education (possibly due to the increase in population). The middle and upper classes had better food and housing, which led to fewer diseases and longer living among these groups. Since these classes were treated so well, their population grew and thus had minimal difficulty living during the Industrial Revolution.
In contrast with the middle and upper classes, the "working" class was not well off. In the working class, many were replaced in factories by machines. But on the other hand, many also gained new jobs in factories working with machinery. The average adult worker worked quite often: five to seven days of the week, for more than half the day per shift. Children as young as fifteen worked for minimal wages. Some of the children became deformed or crippled due to their work, which was often. Most workers worked for relatively low wages due to their incapability to produce goods. The women and children were not paid as much as the men were. The housing was not desirable either – for example there was frequent overcrowding. The housing had unsanitary features which led to diseases. Workers who were desperate lived near a factory. What also made life difficult during the Industrial Revolution was that there were limited privileges such as few people voted, nor were they allowed to do anything to improve their working condition that was legal. The amount of carbon dioxide increased two-fold as people moved closer to factories hoping to obtain employment. Resources started diminishing, and the use of pesticides and hazardous chemicals began to increase.
This WebQuest is dedicated to the Industrial Revolution, the changes that occurred, and how it affected modern life.
This WebQuest demonstrates the transition from hand tools to machines and shows the pros and cons of the revolution.
Before you begin your assignment, read over the directions:
You will be completing this assignment with your worksheet and a pen.
Utilize the resources at the top of the page to complete this assignment.
Answer in: complete sentences.
1. What was the Industrial Revolution?
2. Describe what child labor is.
3. What was the common age range for child labor?
4. What was the pay per week?
5. How many were employed in the United States?
6. Create a list that describes the working conditions in factories. At least 5 conditions.
7. What was the class (wealth) structure and where did they live?
8. Find 2 inventors and discuss: a. Who were they? b. What did they invent? c. When was their invention created? d. Where was it created? e. Why was it important at that time? f. How did it influence today?
9. What were Labor unions used for? Who did they represent?
10. Where did most of the people live? Why?
11. What roles did women play in the Industrial Revolution? How
does that differ from today?
12. Compile a list of 5 inventions and describe why they were
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Resources for Webquest:
Growth of Cities:
Migration During the Industrial Revolutio (population shifts)
History of Internation Migration: Industrial Revolution
The Life of the Industrial Worker in NinteenthCentury England Britain
Role of Women:
Women and Children in the Industrial Revolution Britain
The Plight of Women's Work in the Early Industrial Revolution in England and Wales Britain
Women and Children in the Industrial Revolution Britain
Child Labour Britain
Health and Sanitation:
Diseases in the Industrial Cities Britain
Public Health During theIndustrial Revolution Britain
Chadwick's Report on Sanitary Conditions (Primary Source) Britain
Bricklayers Union Britain
Association of Cotton Spinners Britain
Agricultural Laborers Union Britain
Impact of inventions:
Textile Industry Britain
Seamstresses: Industrial Revolution (Primary Source) Britain
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