Unit 8: The Progressive Era

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Unit 8 Understanding Goals

  • What problems did "muckrakers" expose in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
  • What reforms were enacted during the Progressive Era?
  • How were the policies of the Progressive Presidents both similar and different?
  • Did divisions between women's suffrage groups help or hinder the movement's success?

Unit 8 Vocabulary

Homework: Read text pp.548-555 and complete the 17-1 "Drive for Reform" guided reading.

Lesson #1: Introduction to the Progressive Era

UG: What was the Progressive Era?

Vocabulary: The Progressive Era


Homework: None.


Lesson #2: The Muckrakers

UG: Who were the muckrakers?  What issues did the expose?

Vocabulary: muckraker, The Jungle, Pure Food & Drug Act, Meat Inspection Act


Homework: None.

Lesson #3: Theodore Roosevelt

UG: How did Theodore Roosevelt change the role of the federal government in general, and that of the President in particular?

Vocabulary: Theodore Roosevelt


Homework: Rd. text pp.574-579 and complete the Roosevelt, Taft & Wilson Guided Reading


Lesson #4: Progressive Presidents

UG: How were Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson both similar and different?

Vocabulary: Woodrow Wilson


Homework: Define Progressive Reforms Vocabulary  


Lesson #5: Progressive Reforms

UG: What reforms did the government enact during the Progressive Era?

Vocabulary: 17th Amendment, progressive income tax, Federal Reserve Act, voter initiative, voter referendum, recall election, direct primary elections


Homework: Complete Vocabulary from Lessons 1-5.  Study for a quiz on the Progressive Era. 


Lesson #6: Introduction to the Women's Rights Movement

UG: What factors divided the Women's Suffrage Movement?

Vocabulary: suffrage


Homework: Work on Women's Suffrage Graphic Organizer


Lesson #7: Iron-Jawed Angels

UG: How did the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and the National Women's Party (NWP) differ in the strategies and tactics they used to achieve women's suffrage?

Vocabulary: 19th Amendment


Homework: Read "Three Visions for African-Americans" and complete the accompanying worksheet.


Lesson #8: Early African-American Leaders in Conflict

UG: Compare and contrast the agendas of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey.

 Vocabulary: Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois


Homework: Progressive Era Review Sheet; Reform Movements Thematic Essay


Lesson #9: Review

UG: Review and reinforce Unit 8 understanding goals.


Homework: Finish Progress Era Review Sheet; Reform Movements Thematic Essay 


Lesson #10: Unit 8 Exam: The Progressive Movement

UG: Assess student mastery of Unit 8 Understanding Goals.

Materials: None.


Lesson 11: Reform Movements Thematic Essay

UG: What role have reform movements played in United States History?


Homework: Finish the Reform Movements Thematic Essay