Mrs. Fairchild’s Prompt:
How did the Industrial Revolution impact the lives of women, children, and the family?
This correlates to WHII.9c.
The first thing I am going to do is go to that specific SOL. There are a few bullet points that will point me in the right direction:
· Family-based cottage industries displaced by the factory system
· Harsh working conditions with men competing with women and children for wages
· Child labor that kept costs of production low and profits high
· Owners of mines and factories who exercised considerable control over the lives of their laborers
· Women and children entering the workplace as cheap labor
· Introduction of reforms to end child labor
· Expansion of education
· Women’s increased demands for suffrage
This particular SOL has a fair amount of points. I would want to narrow my focus. Since I am a teacher, I am going to focus my research on child labor, reforms of child labor and education. One suggestion I would make is that your prompt should also have a location and a specific time. There was an Industrial Revolution in both England and the United States. I am going to pick the United States. If you look closely at the SOL it states that the time period is the 19th Century.
My reworded prompt is going to be:
How did the American Industrial Revolution impact the lives of children during 19th Century America?
My prompt has now narrowed my research focus. I am only interested in the American Industrial Revolution, during the 19th century and I am only interested in how it affected children.
Once you have your prompt written your research scope should be narrowed to a manageable point.