Michigan Education Association

Labor Union Resources for Teachers

Lesson Plans

Library of Congress. (2010). Labor has been a concern in America at least since the days of the Virginia colony. Study strikes and the rise of labor unions, including women's roles, as well as the history of the first Labor Day. See films showing workers and a typical factory during the late 1890s and early 1900s.  This site includes lesson plans and classroom materials. www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/labor

Library of Congress. (2010). Examine print materials, photographs, and webcasts presenting women’s sometimes-overlooked contributions to history; learn about women as diverse as Jane Addams, Dorothea Lange, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Zora Neale Hurston. This website includes lesson plans and classroom materials about women’s rights and labor reform. www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/womens-history

Library of Congress. (2002). Children have always worked, often exploited and under less-than-healthy conditions. Industrialization, the Great Depression and the vast influx of poor immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, made it easy to justify the work of young children.  To gain a true understanding of child labor, both as an historical and social issue, students should examine the worlds of real working children. This unit asks students to critically examine, respond to and report on photographs as historical evidence. Students will discover the work of reformer/photographer Lewis Hine, whose photographs give the issue of child labor a dramatic personal relevance and illustrate the impact of photojournalism in the course of American history. www.memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/98/labor/plan.html

Library of Congress. (n.d.). The period from 1894 to 1915 was a period of change, unrest, and economic uncertainty for the workers of the United States. Industrialism was growing, largely unchecked. in the United States after the Civil War, creating new jobs and new problems simultaneously. Immigration was continuing in unprecedented numbers, especially from eastern and southern Europe, forever altering the makeup of the workforce. www.memory.loc.gov/ammem/awlhtml/awlwork.html

Library of Congress. (2010). A multimedia resource site that supports instruction about labor. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, webcasts, and other online materials. www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/labor/exhibitions.html

Library of Congress. (2010). Use these lesson plans, created by teachers for teachers, to explore labor. www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/labor/lessonplans.html
Boston Teachnet. (n.d.). Includes lesson plans and activities on Labor Day and U.S. labor history. www.bostonteachnet.org/labor_day/labor_day_sos.htm

National Education Association. (2010). History and development of the National Education Association and American Teachers Association Relationship document. www.nea.org/handbook

National Education Association. (2010). In 1904, John Robert Edward Lee, director of the Academic Department at Tuskegee Institute, called on teachers in Black schools to join him in creating a national organization—the National Association of Colored Teachers, later named the American Teachers Association (ATA). Throughout its 62-year history, some of the most notable Black educators in the nation belonged to and led the ATA. www.nea.org/home/11174.htm

National Education Association. (2010). Answering the Call--The History of NEA…On a summer afternoon in 1857, 43 educators gathered in Philadelphia, answering a national call to unite as one voice in the cause of public education. www.nea.org/home/11608.htm
The Gateway to 21st Century Skills. (2010). A portal to teacher resources such as lesson plans and activities for k-12 and higher education. www.thegateway.org