FC: John Deere Plow
1: In this book, you will discover what America was like in the 1800's, the choices they needed to make, knowledge and skills they needed to know, and how the John Deere plow revolutionized their life.
2: Through Their Eyes | How did the people in the 1800's view their world? In the 1800's, people viewed their world as a new and fresh start. they had just won the Revolutionary War and they began a new government. This government would have to establish this new country. How did their worldview affect their choices and actions? They started getting committees together to plan their new country.
3: What values, skills, and knowledge did people need to succeed? People needed to know how to farm, especially in the Great Plains. They had to grow their own food and they needed to have good tools and machines in order to work the soil. This is when the plow came in to play. | How did all groups of people in the U.S. view the invention of the plow? Eveeryone viewed in positively, especially farmers. It gave people out of work new jobs to make these plows, more businesses could be made. However, the Native Americans thought it was their land still and they didn't want them taking over.
4: Cause & Effect | What caused the plow to be invented? Many farmers had a hard time farming their land. The soil was clumpy and it stuck together. Hard manual labor just didn't work. | Who invented the plow? Why? John Deere invented the plow because many farmers were having a hard time getting the soil to break up loosen.
5: Who did not support the plow to be invented? Mostly every American supported the plow because it helped the farmers and gave others jobs. Though Native Americans still thought it was their land and they didn't want the Americans to come and change it. Effects of the Plow? Many more people were able to cut through the hard packed sod of the prairies. Farmers were able to produce faster and easier. Jobs were created for building and manufacturing these plows.
6: Turning Points | How did the use of the plow significantly transform people's lives, communities and the world? Farmers got a lot more done and their farms expanded and thrived. The plow gave people more jobs, factories opened up. A lot more trade happened because they actually had stuff to trade. Since farmers produced more, they had extra food-more than what their families needed. Many farmers traded this for other things they needed.
7: How did the use of the plow affect future choices in the U.S.?
8: Change & Continuity What has changed with the plow since it was invented? The plow, of course, has gotten a lot more complex. It came from a small simple machine with not very many being made at a time, to a huge industry way more advanced today. Now there are even schools just for these John Deere plows. In the past, it was just used to loosen soil. What has remained the same? The modern day plow still does the same thing as the plow was invented to do when it first came out in the 1800's. Farmers still value this invention today.
9: Who has benefitted from the plow since it was invented? Farmers have most definitely benefitted from the plow. Farms have been able to really grow and produce ever since the plow. It saved a lot of time. Different businesses have benefitted because they need the use of these machines to keep them in business-for example, construction businesses. Who has not benefitted? No one has really not benefitted from the plow since it was invented. We could pull the forests into this since they did need to get cut down to make room for fields to plow and farm.
10: Using the Past | How is the plow similar to something today? The plow is similar to the more current John Deere plows it still completes the same job and helps farmers get their job done faster.
11: How is the plow different than something today? How does the plow tell us about the history of the 1800's? | The plow has been improved, and it has been made more up-to-date. The model has been changed. | The plow reminds you of the 1800s by acknowledging and all the farming that was in the 1800s and how they used farming as a way of life.