Construction and Opening
What role did technology play in the building of the Erie Canal?
Setting the Stage: Have students complete the Building the Erie Canal activity from PBS Learning Media before analyzing the document.
Supporting Question 1: How did the canal impact the existing landscape?
Supporting Question 2: What technology do you think was used to build this part of the canal?
Assessment: Write a short explanation of how the use of the lock system made the Erie Canal possible?
Did the market economy build the canal or did the canal build the market economy?
Setting the Stage: Show Evolution of Transportation from PBS Learning Media and ask students to discuss the changes in transportation over time.
Supporting Question 1: What is being offered for sale in this broadside?
Supporting Question 2: Why would this purchase be beneficial to a business?
Assessment: If you owned a grist mill, how would you respond to this advertisement? Write a paragraph explaining your response.
Where will the Erie Canal take me?
Setting the Stage: Have students complete The Impact of the Erie Canal activity from PBS Learning Media before completing the document analysis.
Supporting Question 1: What two large bodies of water are connected by the canal?
Supporting Question 2: What major cities in New York State are located along the canal?
Assessment: Write a journal entry about your trip along the Erie Canal. Describe the places you visited and where the canal took you.