The Origins of the Progressive Reform Movement Activity for U.S. History

The Origins of the Progressive Reform

Movement Activity for U.S. History


9 - 12, Home School


Social Studies/History

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This presentation provides students a visually stimulating lesson detailing the Origins of the Progressive Reform Movement in the United States around the turn of the 20th centuryDesigned as a student-centered activity to be uploaded into google classroom, the presentation includes 9 embedded focus questions for students to answer using their core text (and additional information presented in the slides). The 17 slide activity is filled with colorful pictures, maps, charts, and other relevant information that will serve as a platform in which to build additional related activities. This lesson is also great to use when you are out of the classroom, serving as an awesome resource for sub days! If you'd like a version you can edit, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help. Enjoy!


Topics include:


The origins & roots of progressivism (including what it was, who was involved, what they wanted); how the populist movement & the social gospel movement of the late 1800's inspired progressive beliefs.

* Why progressives challenged commonly held beliefs at the time, such as Social Darwinism, in urging for reforms.

* Progressives fight to improve living conditions in cities, eliminate child labor, increase educational opportunities, & improve conditions in the workplace.

* Progressives fight for political reforms in an era of corruption at the local & state levels.

* The origins & continued progress of the Women's Suffrage Movement.

* The African American struggle for equality in the Jim Crow era; the ideas for improvement argued by Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. Du Bois.

* Lesson learning target at the bottom of every slide.

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