Lesson: Lyddie - Big Ideas and Essential Questions
This literary unit on the novel Lyddie by Katherine Patterson, is based on the time period of the Industrial Revolution. It is intended that this unit coincide with the Social Studies curriculum when introducing this era of child labor and unfair work ethics. The unit should run approximately four weeks, engaging students in personal interaction with the character, Lyddie who struggles with the hardships of life in the factories in Lowell, Massachusetts. This unit will tie to Jewish texts about fair treatment of workers, slaves, and children. Enduring Understandings & Essential questions Slavery has many forms - What does it mean to be free? - In what ways is Lyddie free? - In what ways is Lyddie not free? There is always a place for hope - In what ways does having hope help Lyddie in her hardships? - How do Lyddie's hopes change throughout her journey? Resilience, pride and determination shape people during hardship - How do resilience, pride and determination affect Lyddie's decisions and outlook? There are far-reaching effects of industry - How did the shift from cottage industry to factory industry affect people's lives, specifically Lyddlie's family and Lyddie? - How did the factory exploit people like Lyddie and fail to meet the needs of its workers? - What issues still exist in industry today? Historical fiction is a genre that contains many truths about history - What is “true” in historical fiction? What's not true? Jewish values demand that we treat workers fairly - What Jewish texts are relevant to worker issues, and what can we learn from them? - Jewish values demand that we care for our youth (and other vulnerable populations) - Which Jewish texts say something about the treatment of children, and what do they say?
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