Lesson Plan

The Blackstone Canal in Worcester

Artist's Impression of Worcester Canal Basin, c. 1835
Artist's Impression of Worcester Canal Basin, c. 1835

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Architecture, Commerce and Industry, Engineering, Entrepreneurs, Geography, History, Hydrology, Immigration, Maritime History, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Transportation
Duration:
3-4 hours which can be broken up into smaller segments
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
The curriculum follows the Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks for the following subject areas:

    English Language Arts
    History and Social Science
    Mathematics
    Science and Technology/Engineering
Keywords:
Canal, Canal Boat, Canal Boat Lock, transportation, Worcester, Blackstone Canal

Overview

The Blackstone Canal, a 45 mile waterway linking Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island, was a powerful catalyst for economic change and growth, stimulating the "transportation revolution" which was at the center of Worcester's transformation from a landlocked agrarian outpost to a center of commercial activity. The arrival of the Blackstone Canal began a tradition of innovation and enterprise that continues to characterize Worcester industry.

Objective(s)

This collection of lessons, designed to introduce students to the use of primary sources, tells the story of the canal and its impact on Worcester, Massachusetts. The Blackstone Canal, a 45 mile waterway linking Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island, was a powerful catalyst for economic change and growth, stimulating the "transportation revolution" which was at the center of Worcester's transformation from a landlocked agrarian outpost to a center of commercial activity. The arrival of the Blackstone Canal began a tradition of innovation and enterprise that continues to characterize Worcester industry.

 



Park Connections

The curriculum was developed by the following Worcester Public School teachers: Linda Eskola Forte (Nelson Place School), Beth Harding (Sullivan Middle School), Lois Thomas (McGrath School), Katherine Starczewski (Burncoat Middle School), and John Carter, a social studies teacher of the New Start Center for Learning in Worcester.

 

The Blackstone Canal Curriculum was made possible by the generous support of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, and Worcester Historical Museum.

Guided tours of Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion are available for school groups. Tours can be customized to fit your specifications. For more information please call 508-753-8278.