Background For Teachers:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Ask students, 'Are there any jobs in the world today that didn't exist 150 years ago?' Then ask, 'If there are jobs that exist now that didn't exist 150 years ago, can you think of any jobs that existed 150 years ago, but are not needed in today's world?'
Introduce lesson by discussing jobs that exist now which didn't 150 years ago, and those which don't exist now which may have been necessary 150 years ago.
Create a list together in class (or the teacher could pre-search these to ensure a significant list) of existing jobs in pioneer days.
In library or research lab have students discover the details of a daily job in mid- to late-nineteenth century America: skills needed, pay given, education required, apprenticeship time, working conditions, etc.
Following research, teach the elements of a good job application letter.
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