Teacher Resources

In this module students will read a variety of primary and secondary sources about the Lowell Mill Girls. Students will use critical thinking skills in order to distinguish the author’s use of fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in the writing about these events in history. This self-paced module is aligned to College and Career Ready Standards for Literacy in Social Studies/ History Frameworks.

This module contains several interactive features. Watch the Learn How to Use this Module tutorial to familiarize yourself with these features.

Please review the Accessibility page for all of your students.

Module Information

  • Grade band: 6-8
  • Readability level: Lexile Level 1075
  • Focus Standard:
    RH.6-8.8 - Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
  • Topic: Lowell Mill Girls
  • Completion Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Vocabulary: Visit the Glossary page or click on words highlighted within the module for a narrated definition.

Student Resources for this Module

In this module, students are provided with links to external websites. The sites have been chosen for their content and grade-level appropriateness. Efforts are made to minimize linking to websites that contain advertisements or comments, but some of these websites may contain these features. Teachers should preview all websites before introducing the activities to students and adhere to their school system's policy for Internet use. In addition, multimedia on these externally linked sites may not be accessible to all users, such as those individuals requiring a screen reader or using a tablet.

The following websites are linked to from this module:

Robinson’s autobiography at Fordham University’s Modern History Sourcebook: Harriet Robinson: Lowell Mill Girls Opens a new window

Teaching Resources

For additional RH.6-8.8 lessons and activities that address fact, opinion and reasoned judgment see Common Core Resources Opens a new window

Social Studies Skills Tutor Opens a new window activities page. This site gives students extra information and practice with distinguishing fact, opinion and reasoned judgment.

Module Bibliography

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: Women and the Early Industrial Revolution in the United States Opens a new window

Using This Site

This lesson is built for use on classroom computers and tablets. If you have access to a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, you may complete the lesson in your classroom. Otherwise, you will need to schedule time to use your school's computer lab. For technical specifications, see below.

Some activities on this site may include videos and narration, so you may want to have headphones available for students working at individual stations. For best results in viewing the videos and interactives, you should have a high-speed, stable Internet connection.


This site is an Internet-based activity, and it was built to run on the following computer operating systems and browsers:

  • Windows 7 or Newer: IE 8, 9, 10, 11; Current version of Chrome; Current version of Firefox
  • Mac OS 10.7 or Newer: Current version of Safari
  • iPad2/iOS6 or Newer: Current version of Safari
  • Android 4.0 or Newer: Current version of Android browser
  • Chromebook: Current version of Chrome

Users running Internet Explorer 8 will not be able to use the highlighter tool. Instead, teachers should consider partnering students for a brief discussion.

Visit the Accessibility page for detailed information on the site's accessibility features.