Objective: Students will be able to understand the environmental impact of early settlement and business/industry growth in Spokane.
- J. William T. Youngs. The Fair and the Falls:Spokane’s Expo ’74 Eastern Washington University Press Cheney, WA 1996 P 20-26, 30-36, 41-48.
- “A Serious Matter,” Spokane Falls Morning Review. August 10, 1889.
- “Lumber vs Trout,” Spokane Falls Review, July 20, 1890.
- “The Booming Spokane,” Spokane Falls Morning Review, June 4, 1887.
- Students will read the primary and secondary source documents relating to the environmental impact of business/industry growth and development of Spokane on the river.
- In small groups students will write a pro and con list of development of the river.
- class discussion after groups present and make present-day connections.
- As a class we will read “The Booming Spokane” and discuss the environmental impact of the destruction of the bridge and the damage of the rebuilding. Goal is to make the connection that there is always an action and a reaction (cause and effect) even in nature.
- phone book for phone number of downtown library provided
- go over phone etiquette with class
- computers for internet access to find information (we will have our own data as back up/assessment)
- bar graph population growth in Spokane
- bar graph business growth given for 3 or 4 years (specific years will be determined and assigned by the teacher)
- students in each group will write an overview of findings, including what new businesses and why they think there was a need for them.
- graphing paper, straight edge, colored pencils or pens, or computer created graphs
- using the data you find regarding population growth and business growth in Spokane between 1872 and 1884, chart the statistics in a bar graph.
- Bar graphs must have a titles, labeled axis, and an appropriate numbering system (use color, and a key for the business growth graph).
Objective: Students will be able to explore job opportunities in 1 890 Spokane, and simultaneously get real-world employment application experience.
- Krenzke, Lois, et al. The Write Source: School to Work. Boston, Mass. D.C. Heath and Company. 1996.
- “Want Ads,” Spokane Falls Review, July 27, 1890.
- generic application form
- Using School to Work as a guide students will choose a job on the want ad list.
- The student will then take on a persona of that time period and complete the following:
- write a resume
- complete an application
- interview for the job
- The students will be in groups of 4-6. They will pair up within the small group. The pair will read the want ads and select a job. One person will take on a persona, write a resume, and complete an application. The other student will take on the persona of the employer, write job interview questions, and the pair will perform the interview for the class, giving necessary background information that is relevant.
- Notebook, paper, pencil/pens, props, costumes, etc.
- “The Gigantic Industry,” Spokane Falls Morning Review. July 27, 1887.
- “The N.P. Railroad,” Spokane Times, June 30, 1881.
- “The New Union Depot,” Spokane Falls Review, Dec. 3, 1889.
- “The City of Destiny,” Spokane Falls Review, Oct. 10, 1890. -“Water Power: Mighty Torrent to be Completely Tamed,” Spokane Falls Morning Review, May 12, 1889.
- Students will read the 5 news articles listed in the above resources.
- Students will write a reaction letter to the editor concerning one student chosen article. This letter will be written as a person living during this time period.
- Students will site historical documentation answering why a person living in Spokane at this time would write this letter.
- Students will choose a second news article and rewrite it from the perspective of modern times.
- Students will choose a third news article and rewrite the article from a different point of view.
- Students will share their letters with the class