The Great Inventions of the Gilded Age Teacher Pass


Things invented during the Gilded Age: the telephone, the record player, the light bulb. Things just as important, but invented a little bit later: Shmoop and our teaching guides.

It's easy to think of all these things as facts of life, but when teaching the Gilded Age, you need to transport students back in time to when all this stuff was a novelty, not a necessity.

In this guide you will find

  • activities that transport your students to the Chicago World's Fair.
  • current events and articles that ask if we're currently in a "new" Gilded Age (The Gildedest Age?).
  • discussion questions asking students to explore the implications of these brand-spanking-new inventions.

We haven't built a time machine (yet), but this guide will do the Gilded Age justice.

What's Inside Shmoop's History Teaching Guides

Shmoop is a labor of love from folks who love to teach. Our teaching guides will help you supplement in-classroom learning with fun, engaging, and relatable learning materials that bring history to life.

Inside each guide you'll find quizzes, activity ideas, discussion questions, and more—all written by experts and designed to save you time. Here are the deets on what you get with your teaching guide:

  • 3-5 Common Core-aligned activities (including quotation, image, and document analysis) to complete in class with your students, with detailed instructions for you and your students. 
  • Discussion and essay questions for all levels of students.
  • Reading quizzes to be sure students are looking at the material through various lenses.
  • Resources to help make the topic feel more relevant to your 21st-century students.
  • A note from Shmoop’s teachers to you, telling you what to expect from teaching the topic and how you can overcome the hurdles.