John D. Rockefeller Monster Monopolist or Marketplace Hero

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Debating the Documents Interpreting Alternative Viewpoints in Primary Source Documents Monster Monopolist or Marketplace Hero? John D. Rockefeller and his Standard Oil Company were widely admired and just as widely despised. Rockefeller: ©2006 MindSparks, a division of Social Studies School Service 10200 Jefferson Blvd., P.O. Box 802 Culver City, CA 90232 United States of America (310) 839-2436 (800) 421-4246 Fax: (800) 944-5432 Fax: (310) 839-2249 Permission is granted to reproduce individual worksheets for classroom use only. Printed in the United States of America ISBN: 978-1-57596-225-2 Product Code: HS623 InTRoducTIon Teacher Teacher Introduction Using Primary Sources Primary sources…show more content…
Make copies of the worksheets and the pages with the sources. Ask students to study the background information on each source and the source itself. Then have them take notes on the sources using the worksheets. If students have access to a computer, have them review the primary sources with the ImageXaminer. You may also ask them to use its magnifying tools to more clearly focus their analysis. 2. Have students do the worksheets. 4 Debating the Documents | Rockefeller: Monster Monopolist or Marketplace Hero? InTRoducTIon 3. “debate the documents” as a class. Have students use their worksheet notes to debate the primary source documents as a class. Use the overheads to focus this discussion on each source in turn. Urge students to follow these ground rules: • Use your worksheets as a guide for the discussion or debate. • Try to reach agreement about the main ideas and the significance of each primary source document. • Look for points of agreement as well as disagreement between the primary sources. • Listen closely to all points of view about each primary source. • Focus on the usefulness of each source to the historian, not merely on whether you agree or disagree with that source’s point of view. Teacher 4. Have students do the final dBQ. A DBQ is an essay question about a set of primary source documents. To answer the DBQ, students write essays using evidence from the sources and their own background knowledge of the historical

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