Teacher Preparation: View website prior to lesson
Time Required: To be determined by teacher
Materials/Web Resources: computer with internet connection and projection capability, or computer lab for independent study
- Go to http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/eriecanal/index.shtml.Students will use this site to take notes about the significance of the Erie Canal and how it has changed over time.
- On the left-hand side of the home page, in yellow, click on 1825. Have students read about the celebration of the opening of the Erie Canal. Students should take notes.
- On the left hand side of the page, in yellow, click on 1830s. Have students read about the positive and negative impacts of the canal and take notes.
- On the left hand side of the page, in yellow, click on 1918. Have students read about the decline of the canal and take notes.
- After notes have been completed, have students write about the significance of the canal and changes that took place because of its construction.
Please note: On each of these sites, teachers can create worksheets using documents from the New York State. archives. Click on Document Index, in yellow, on the left-hand side of the homepage. In addition, document-based questions are available under Questions, and there is a link for a Teacher’s Guide.