Ideas for Classroom Use


Mathematics Application

Students create and solve word problems about volume of containers, costs of shipping, etc.  This project could be extended to an Economics class for higher level analysis.

Map Assignment

Using Google Earth, map typical routes that container ships might take, noting any stops along the way, etc.

Classroom Discussion or Debate

Using both primary and secondary sources, explore changes in organized labor, unions, shifting culture of labor structure.  How did it affect the industry?

Reading standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies

Standard 1 (Grades 9-10) Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Research Paper/Project

Students research and study public and international policy for shipping regulations.  Present findings in a research paper or presentation.


Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 7 (Grade 6) Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 8 (Grade 6) Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Writing standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies

Standard 2 (Grades 6-12) Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

Standard 7 (Grades 6-12) Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self- generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.