Lesson Plans

The Tennessee Department of Education United States History and Geography Standards state, “the reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States history standards.” Research conducted by Anna Stefaniak (2017) concluded that, “young people who learned about local history displayed increased interest in that history, greater place attachment, civic engagement intentions, and generalized social trust.” These lesson plans informed by artifacts housed in Special Collections provides K-12 educators with primary sources to use in their classrooms while meeting state standards and allowing students to reap the benefits of engaging in local history.

Industrial Revolution

The Using Local Primary Sources to Explore the Impact of Inventions and Innovations of the Industrial Revolution lesson plan spans two days and covers the impact of the major inventors and innovators of the Industrial Revolution. The purpose of this lesson is to build upon students’ prior knowledge of analyzing primary sources, the Industrial Revolution, and Chattanooga history. Using primary sources students will identify major figures of the Industrial Revolution and describe their impact on Chattanooga and United States history. The lesson plans cover standard US.05 and is divided into the following plans and handouts:

The Industrial Revolution lesson plans were developed by Annie Dockery, an intern in Special Collections from the UTC Department of English in Spring 2019.


Stefaniak, Bilewicz, Michal, and Lewicka. “The Merits of Teaching Local History: Increased Place Attachment Enhances Civic Engagement and Social Trust.” Journal of Environmental Psychology 51 (2017): 217–225. Web.

Tennessee Department of Education. “Social Studies Standards.” www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards/social-studies-standards.html