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Teacher's Guide for COBBLESTONE Andrew Carnegie

April 1999

Teacher Guide prepared by: our staff.

Before reading the articles, remind students that Carnegie was often called "The King of Steel." Ask them what they know about steel and have them make a list of products that use steel (p. 18).

After students have read the articles, either individually or in small groups, have them develop a time line from Carnegie's birth to his death. On one side of the time line include all important events in his life (the crossword puzzle on pages 36-37 will yield some clues). On the other side have students research important facts/events of that period.

Assign students to research other important inventors and entrepreneurs of the 1800s (e.g. Edison, Bell, McCoy, Drake, Eastman, Howe, Latimer, Remington & Sons, Rockefeller) . Have them explain how some of these inventions affected people's lives.

Give out to students the following excerpt from an 1889 essay by Carnegie called "Gospel of Wealth."

"In bestowing charity, the main consideration should be to help those who will help themselves; to provide part of the means by which those who desire to improve may do so; to give those who desire to rise the aids by which they may rise; to assist, but rarely or never to do it all."

Challenge students to find, or invent, a proverb that illustrates the above quote. As a special project, have them research international/national/local programs that follow Carnegie's philosophy on charity.

Ask students to provide reasons why they agree or disagree with the following statement in the "Gospel of Wealth" essay: "To die rich is to die disgraced", and why or why not.

Research project: Have students research the origin of their local library: it might be one that Carnegie funded! Another research project could be on church organs in your communities. This can include research of local newspapers and records as well as developing your students' interviewing skills.

See Carnegie's Heroes Fund Commission on p.40. Brainstorm with students on what the word "hero" or "heroine" means to them. Look for local heroes in your community - recognize them with a banner or poster.

Carnegie had very strong work ethics and definite opinions on how to succeed in life. Students could visit and comment on the article "How to Succeed in Life" from the Pittsburgh Bulletin, 10 December 1903, reprinted from the New York Tribune.

Math: Carnegie earned $25/week in 1850. How much would that be today, adjusted for inflation? The answer is $25 in 1850 would be worth $1.31 in 1998. But the equivalent amount of $25 in 1850 dollars would be $478.49 in 1998 dollars. Students can check it out by visiting, or going into Yahoo, Business Economy, Inflation Calculator.

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