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Carbondale: The Biography of a Coal Town
What to Know
Teaching Time
four class periods
Grade Level
Elementary School
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
Historical Period
  • Expansion and Reform - 1801-1855
  • Civil War and Reconstruction - 1856-1876
  • Development of the Industrial Pennsylvania - 1877-1900
  • The Emergence of Modern Pennsylvania - 1901-1928
  • The Great Depression and World War II - 1929-1945
  • Post-WWII Pennsylvania - 1946-1974
In this series of four lessons students use a brief history of the growth and decline of the anthracite region in the state to create a photograph and map "peak shaped" time line. The students will learn map and photo analysis strategies to "read" photographs and maps and use information from the brief history to match and write captions for the pictures. Then they will categorize each photograph and map into one of the following categories; beginnings, peak, and decline and place them accordingly on the time line for a visual depiction of the rise and fall of the anthracite industry.


Students will: 1. Use photo analysis strategies to discover stories behind photographs. 2. Analyze maps of the same town at different time periods to compare features and draw conclusions. 3. Categorize the photographs into the areas of beginning, peak, and decline. 4. Portray change over time by organizing photographs and maps on a timeline.

Standards Alignment

  • Geography

    7.3.6. A. Describe the human characteristics of places and regions by their population characteristics.
    7.3.6. C. Describe the human characteristics of places and regions by their settlement characteristics.
    7.3.6.D. Describe the human characteristics of places and regions by their economic activities.

  • History

    8.2.6. B. Identify and explain primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in Pennsylvania history from Beginnings to 1824
    8.2.6. C. Identify how continuity and change have influenced settlement patterns (e.g. Development of towns)

  • Mathematics

    2.5.5. C. Show ideas in a variety of ways, including words, numbers, symbols, pictures, charts, graphs, tables, diagrams and models.
    2.6.5. A. Organize and display data using pictures, tallies, tables, charts, bar graphs and circle graphs.

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

    1.5.5. B. Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.

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