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Life in the North Pictograph

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Students today are demonstrating their understanding of life in the North by creating a pictograph. The factual information students draw into their pictograph will prove that they understand the uniqueness of the North before the Civil War. When students are assessed in this way they show their "Big Picture" knowledge of a topic and that will in turn help them remember history in a powerful and meaningful way.

Students will complete a pictograph about life in the South after we've studied that subject and will write about the similarities and differences in both pictographs.

Industrial Revolution Haiku--Student Work

Here are some of the completed haiku. The students did a very good job of capturing the essence of working in an New England textile factory in the 1800s.


Their hands were destroyed
Tough work in the hot summer
The work was boring
--Nick, Joel, Neil and Ganesh
Stuffy, hard to breathe
Cotton whirls about in the light
Small cuts dot my hands
--Kaila and Christina
This is my winter
The treacherous long hours
The dull day is slow
--Emily, Rubab, Iris
First—optimism
Then, exhaustion and boredom
Last—is it worth it?
--Joey, Sai, Eric
Looking through the dust
Bloody hands, swollen fingers
Dreading every day
--Michelle, Daniella, Audrey
It was very hard
Cotton would damage your health
The sounds hurt my ears
--Danny, Laura, Skyla, Ryan

There are many kids
The machines are very loud
I can hardly breathe
---Scott, Will, Alec M., Adam
Work is dangerous
I feel sorrow and sadness
The air is dusty
--Ibrahim, Justin, Quinn, Eric
Not Enough
Waking up to serve
Each breath is filled with hard work
Life still not assured
--Shelby, Pooja, A…

Industrial Revolution Haiku

Students have been learning about the Industrial Revolution in the mid1800s and how it changed life in New England. Today students processed their learning by creating haiku poems on the subject. They were challenged to think about and evaluate this topic within the structure of a haiku, a 3 line poem with 17 total syllables--5 in the 1st and 3rd lines and 7 in the second line. The poems have been impressive and some will be posted here soon.