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  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Blackstone Canal History: Informational Text Skill Development

    Blackstone Canal

    How can close reading of an informational text help me explore and understand the history of the Blackstone Canal?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Time Traveling through Worcester: Map Exploration of the Blackstone Canal

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

    How do maps show the impact of the Blackstone Canal on Worcester over time?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Historical Math and the Blackstone Canal

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

    How can math be used to explore the impact of the Blackstone Canal on Worcester?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Math,Social Studies
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Immigration

    Students perform at Museum of Work and Culture

    Immigration involves making the difficult decision to leave the homeland and adapt to a new life in a new location. What conditions influenced people to emigrate from their homeland in Quebec, and how were their lives changed by their relocation to Woonsocket, Rhode Island?

    Explain how people and communities weighed the benefits and costs of emigrating.
    Explain how new opportunities for work in the textile industry drew immigrants to settle in New England.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Immigration

    Students perform at Museum of Work and Culture

    Immigration involves making the difficult decision to leave the homeland and adapt to a new life in a new location.
    In this lesson, students will answer the following essential question: What conditions influenced people to emigrate from their homeland in Quebec, and how were their lives changed by their relocation to Woonsocket, Rhode Island?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Immigration Lesson Plan

    Student role play at the Museum of Work and Culture

    This lesson explores the immigration experience of the French Canadians, or Quebecois, who left Quebec in the late 1800s and early 1900s for the industrial town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The lesson addresses some of the reasons people emigrate, the challenges they face, the opportunities they discover, and the ways their lives are changed by their new environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Commerce and Industry, Economics, Family Life, Geography, History, Immigration, Labor History, Labor Law, Textiles, Women's History
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    The Blackstone Canal in Worcester

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

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Architecture, Commerce and Industry, Engineering, Entrepreneurs, Geography, History, Hydrology, Immigration, Maritime History, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Transportation
    Keywords:
    Canal, Canal Boat, Canal Boat Lock, transportation, Worcester, Blackstone Canal