This lesson plan aligns with the episode “The Labor of Fashion: Shirtwaists and the Labor Movement in the Early 20th Century

  • Content area: History/U.S. 20th Century + Labor
  • Target audience: 11th/12th grade or undergraduate survey
  • Suggested length: three periods


  • Introduce students to primary sources
  • Analyze a major tragic event in Modern American history
  • Examine the effects of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
  • (Optional) Complete a college level essay using at least three primary sources

The full lesson plan and materials, including primary source analysis activities, discussion questions, and more

Lesson plan developed by Olivia Langa