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A research guide for 8th grade social studies

Ms. Lander Says

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The Brooklyn Bridge

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Your Assignment

Writing about the Brooklyn Bridge






I) Introduction.

  1. Topic sentence that provides a HOOK for the audience.

  2. Briefly explain the who, what, when, and where of the Brooklyn Bridge.

  3. End your paragraph with this thesis statement, “The Brooklyn Bridge stands today as a symbol of industrialization, innovation and courage in the US during the late 1800’s.”


II) Paragraph 2 (Innovation and Technology- building of the bridge)

  1. What does the engineering and building of the Brooklyn Bridge tell us about the changes that were taking place in manufacturing and building in the US at this time? (steel, cable wiring, caissons, etc.)

  2. Begin with a good topic sentence (e.g. “The Brooklyn Bridge demonstrates how industrialization allowed for innovations (new methods) in manufacturing and building.”)

  3. Include 3 supporting details that describe the building during the stage or stages you have picked.


III) Paragraph 3 (Events surrounding the building of bridge and its opening)

  1. Pick an event/aspect surrounding the bridge that you are going to write about. (e.g. Haigh and faulty wiring, opening day, suicides/deaths, role of Emily Roebling)

  2. Begin with a good topic sentence (e.g. “There were many interesting aspects or events that occurred during the building of the bridge that should not go unnoticed.”)

  3. Include 3 supporting details that describe the event or aspect you have picked.


IV) Conclusion.

  1. Begin with a strong topic sentence that states the importance of the Brooklyn Bridge as a symbol of the times in which it was built.            

  2. Include the answer to these questions in your paragraph:

  • What did the Brooklyn Bridge mean to the people of the time?

  • What role did the Bridge play in the Industrial Revolution?

  • Why are we still studying the Brooklyn Bridge today?

Set Up Your Paper

The Brooklyn Bridge

This research guide is for Ms. Lander's 8th grade social studies students. You must use a variety of sources for this project, so remember COWS!

Required sources include 1 book (can be text book or other), 2 database articles, and 2 websites (either recommended or found by searching). You must have at least 5 sources in your bibliography.

C: Current books

O: Online databases

W: Websites recommended by teachers

S: Search the Web


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