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Animating Labor History (U.S. History)

Students consider the roles that individuals and groups play in historical events through the study of labor history in the United States. They research the challenges that workers faced and the tools and institutions workers used to achieve their goals. The explore the roles of unions, contracts, and regulations, as well as the courageous actions of individuals.

Unit Project Description

Students act as researchers working on an animated movie about an event in labor history. Working in teams, they create biographies to inform character designers about the appearance, clothing, actions, and daily lives of the main characters. Each team gathers information about individuals and stakeholder groups for a significant event in labor history, as a way of documenting the issues, perspectives, and achievements of the period.  

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