YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2011/2012




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Gallery Walk
One of the strategies highlighted in this YAL Conference workshop is Gallery Walk, an activity where students visit exhibits in their classroom almost as if they are at a museum or art gallery. In different areas of the classroom, students will encounter a variety of exhibit elements, pictures, videos, computer stations, or items they can interact with or manipulate. The idea is for students to take in the entire gallery, and then focus on what takes their attention. We want students to become curious and wonder about the unit and concepts they are going to start learning about.

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by Margaret Peterson Haddix


Flesh and Blood So Cheap
by Albert Marrin


YAL Presenter Unit 2011/2012

Subjects: English, Language Arts
Grade Level: 9th
Posted: 2011, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Susan Garr and Christine Johnson

What makes this a good YAL choice...

Flesh and Blood so Cheap, by Albert Marrin makes a good YAL choice because it takes a complex historical event, the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911, and makes it accessible to young people. Through the use of authentic pictures and the organization of the text in general, the author invites the reader to explore the many factors that contributed to this horrific event. Each chapter takes the time to guide the reader through the layers of important people, places and events that gave rise to such a tragedy. Issues connected to immigration, poverty, women’s rights, sweat shops, labor rights, the rise of the factory and corporate greed are all explored. Students can use this book to collect facts and ask questions regarding the issues. This book offers students a great resource and experience in reading informational texts. More importantly, the book prompts students thinking about the world-of-work and the role it played in an individual's life in the early 20th century. The book forces us to wonder: what lessons does exploring the history of the Triangle Factory Fire teach us about today?


The Historical Fiction text, Uprising, by Margaret Haddix and the informational text, Flesh and Blood so Cheap, by Albert Marrin both tell the story of early 19th century labor struggles and the events surrounding the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. It is in pairing the fiction with the non-fiction that teachers promote curiosity. Students read from the historical fiction and wonder: What is fact? What is fiction? The historical fiction invites the reader into another space and time, connecting the reader to what the people of the time might have experienced, thought and felt. The nonfiction text provides students with background knowledge and information that helps them understand important details surrounding the fire, and how history has documented the event. Pairing historical fiction with non-fiction supports students understanding of point of view. At the same time, students learn of the importance of text structures and how to navigate various types of texts. Exploring the various points of view provide students practice thinking like an historian, as well as a chance to build their inquiry skills. Using the texts together, students can practice comparing and contrasting the type of information acquired from a source. Students can share their thinking in classroom conversations while building a deeper understanding of the events surrounding the strike and the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Making sense of history requires students to look at an event from a variety of resources and points of view. The books work well together to support students in exploring the events of the strike and fire, as well as in determining the impact the past has on today. — Susan Garr


YAL Conference Workshop Description & Documents
Finding Voice, Making History: The Uprising of the Twenty Thousand and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Susan Garr and Christine Johnson, Presenters

With the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909 thousands of young female immigrant workers in New York City’s garment factories found the courage to stand up for higher wages and shorter hours. In a climate where business owners played rough and made the rules, these young girls inspired resistance in each other that led to a general strike, shutting down the entire shirtwaist industry. Capturing the attention of the public, the strike lasted more than 12 weeks. A year later, New York City was confronted once again with the reality of factory work: the terrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire took the life of 146 factory workers, mostly women. Making sense of history requires reading and interpreting textual and visual information, asking questions, determining point of view, listening carefully to others, knowing where to find information, as well as presenting new understandings in a variety of ways. Using the historical fiction text, Uprising, partnered with the non-fiction text, Flesh and Blood So Cheap, this workshop demonstrates hands on fiction and non-fiction reading strategies, as well as a variety of writing activities created to deepen students’ thinking about the topic. Both texts will be used to explore the events of the strike and fire from differing points of view. Participants will practice doing “mini –inquiry” using a variety of resources to refine their thinking, connect ideas, collaborate and draw conclusions regarding the strike and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. — Workshop Description for YAL 2011



Agenda for Workshop


Presentation for Gallery Walk - Power Point


Gallery Walk


Word Sort


Partner Reading


Connecting Fiction with Nonfiction


Inquiry Stations


Documents for Charts Inquiry Station

Charts for Uprising


Patching Paragraphs

Documents for Legacy Inquiry Station

Amazon Warehouse


AFL-CIO - Death on the Job Report


OSHA - Fire Safety


What is the Legacy of the Uprising of the 20,000 and the Triangle Fire?


Hilda Solis Quote


Hilda Solis Statement


Sweatshops in Chicago

Documents for Primary Sources Inquiry Station



Primary Source Activity


Primary Source Historian

Documents for Sweat Shops Inquiry Station

Fair Trade Chicago


Graphic Organizer - Are Sweatshops Necessary for Economic Development?


Kate Middleton Dress


Will the Real Lizzie McGuire Please Stand Up?


Rethinking Sweatshop Economics


Are Global Sweatshops the Best Options?


Where Sweatshops Are a Dream


Two Cheers for Sweatshops

Documents for What's the Deal? Inquiry Station

About Ocean Sky


Ocean Sky Mission


Ocean Sky Report


Triangle Returns


What's the Deal? Activity