Lesson

Understanding Cause and Effect During the Tillman Era

Lesson Overview

Every day we are all bombarded with events, that together, form our daily lives. These events affect our lives in small and large ways. Often, simultaneous events overlap, which compound the effect of independent events making the effect more devastating. Seeing the historical events as scientific variables puts another spin on interpreting historical data. Take a scientific approach in understanding the cause and effect of OVERPRODUCTION and NATURAL DISASTERS on agriculture during the Tillman Era. Follow each step in order to answer the multi-layered essential question. 
 

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

What can happen when two independent variables, which are both devastating, clash?
 

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

8

Social Studies Science English Language Arts

Possible Research Topics:

  • Population growth & number of farms (1860 & 1900)
  • Farm technology (1900)
  • Crops grown in SC (1900)
  • Trade practices with other nations
  • Natural disasters/disasters in SC and the United States (following the Civil War)
  • Role of “big business” in farming problems
  • The Grange and The Farmer’s Alliance
  • Populist
  • Ben Tillman
  • Clemson University

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Lesson Created By: Lisa Ray

Lesson Partners: ETV Education