Lesson 1 (from Prologue | Part 1, Chapter 1)
The book begins with the discovery of oil in Titusville and the ability to economically harvest oil. However, to provide context for this, students may benefit from information on what was known about oil before this time and what oil was used for. The objective of this lesson is to explore the use and knowledge of oil before the mid-1800s.
Homework: Write a research paper on how oil was used before the mid-nineteenth century. How did local communities use oil for their personal use? How did they find and harvest oil? What were the advantages and disadvantages to using oil for individuals and communities before the mid-nineteenth century? Students can focus on a particular place or time period for a more specific examination of the topic.
Prepare poster presentations about the history of oil. Which societies used oil before the oil industry began? What...
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