Age of Industry

Common Core Standards

CC Reading 9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
CC Reading 9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop of the course of the text.

Suggested Student Objectives

  • Analyze the causes of the Industrial revolution and determine the reasons why it began in Britain.
  • Analyze documents and compare and contrast the way of life they represent.
  • Elaborate the differences between factory work and cottage industries.


Students will read and answer questions based on the documents on the worksheet.

Students will read and answer questions about Factory work.

Resource Links

GALE U.S. History in Context (login required) Search: Cottage Industry, Factory Work, Age of Industry
Brain Pop (login required) Video: Industrial Revolution: The Start of Something Big
Lesson Plans for the Industrial Revolution in Europe

Suggested Additional Readings

Start of the Industrial Revolution worksheet.


Essay on test.

The Industrial Revolution brought many changes to the world as we know it today. Identify and describe two changes (social and economic) and explain its positive and or negative impact on society.
  • Throughout history, England has been the birthplace of social, political, and economic changes. Identify and describe what agricultural advances allowed the Industrial revolution to occur, as well as the advantages England had to lead the world during the Industrial Revolution.

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