Paired Texts: The Great Transcontinental Railroad

   

Articles

1869: Completion of the Great Transcontinental Railroad
2015: California's bullet train might rank among the cheapest in the world

Classroom Application

1. Assign Completion of the Great Transcontinental Railroad to your students. Have students identify the overall tone of the article. How does the public feel about the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869? Students will highlight evidence from the article and annotate to support their reasoning. 

2. Next, assign California's bullet train might rank among the cheapest in the world to your students. Have your students identify the overall tone of this article. How do Californians and others feel about the anticipated completion of the bullet train in 2028? Students will highlight evidence from the article and annotate to support their reasoning. 

After students have read both articles, ask students to compare and contrast the public's feelings for each of event. Did the people mentioned in each of the articles feel similarly or different? Have students draw conclusions using evidence from the text to support their answer. 

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