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Using Infomercials for History Classroom Ideas

Looking for something fun for your middle school history students? Let's incorporate infomercials into your history classroom ideas!

In today’s age of technology, educators like yourself are constantly seeking innovative approaches to teaching historical topics. One exciting method gaining popularity is incorporating infomercial creation into your history classroom ideas!

Imagine your students stepping into the shoes of historical entrepreneurs to promote inventions and transportation systems of the Industrial Revolution.

In this 1800s advertisement activity, students not only focus on comprehension but also learn immense critical thinking and communication skills.

Industrial Revolution Infomercial History Classroom Idea

The goal of this activity is to have students investigate the profound impact of textile industry inventions and new transportation systems on the U.S. economy during the Industrial Revolution.

The activity includes a comprehensive one-page reading, a Common Core-aligned worksheet, and a creative advertisement page. Students will select a “new” product from the era—such as the cotton gin, sewing machine, or steam-powered locomotives—and design an engaging infomercial to promote its benefits for this classroom history idea!

Topics included are:

▶️Transportation Systems (steam-power boats and locomotives)

▶️Innovation (cotton gin, sewing machine, Spinning Jenny, textile mills)

▶️Labor Systems

▶️City and Economic Growth

▶️Industry

Looking for something fun for your middle school history students? Let's incorporate infomercials into your history classroom ideas!

Implementing the Infomercial Activity

Here’s how you can seamlessly integrate this activity into your classroom:

  1. Preparation: Provide students with the necessary materials, including the reading passage, worksheet, and advertisement template.
  2. Research and Analysis: Allow students time to research and understand the assigned topic. Encourage critical thinking by prompting questions about the significance of each invention or transportation system.
  3. Scriptwriting and Creativity: Guide students in scripting their infomercials. Emphasize persuasive communication techniques, such as highlighting the product’s benefits and addressing potential consumer needs.
  4. Group Infomercials: To promote collaboration, assign students into groups to develop and perform their infomercials. Each group can focus on a different invention or transportation system.
  5. Presentation and Reflection: Provide time for groups to present their infomercials to the class. Encourage peer feedback and reflection on the impact of these innovations on shaping America’s economy.
Looking for something fun for your middle school history students? Let's incorporate infomercials into your history classroom ideas!

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Integrating infomercial creation into your classroom is a dynamic way to explore the impact of historical innovations on economic development. This history classroom idea not only sparks curiosity but also empowers students to become storytellers of the past. Give your students the opportunity to step back in time and showcase their knowledge through the lens of innovation and industry!