Students analyze how the rise of big business, the growth of industry, the use of natural resources, and technological innovation influenced Minnesota's economy from 1860 to 1920. Students answer questions about technical innovations and the effects on people of Minnesota.
This unit is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 7: Iron, Lumber, and Milling" where students will assess how new technology and new people influenced the development of Minnesota during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
220.127.116.11.1: Analyze how the rise of big business, the growth of industry, the use of natural resources, and technological innovation influenced Minnesota's economy from 1860 to 1920.
- Video: Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to project videos to the class
- Class set of Big Business handout
Tell students they will be watching a video about the use of steam engines in early Minnesota agriculture and transportation.
Distribute the Big Business handout. Instruct students to fold the paper in half, so they don’t see the bottom portion while watching the video. Instruct students to take notes about details as they watch this video. Remind students that note-taking means writing down short details, so there’s no need for complete sentences. Note-taking highlights important ideas and details and allows students to come back later for further study.
Play the video, Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion [6:56]. After viewing the video, have students use their notes to answer the questions on the handout.
- Grain thresher, trains, steam shovels, sawmills, printing press
- Wood, coal, and water [1:06, 2:17]
- Agriculture, business, and transportation
- More efficient travel, movement of products, and production of materials
- The benefit to the people was more access to products, travel, and it made everyday life easier