Ten Mile Day Lesson Plan

On May 10, 1869, the final spike in North America's first transcontinental railroad was driven home at Promontory Summit, Utah. Illustrated with the author's carefully researched, evocative paintings, here is the story of that great American adventurer and the day Charles Crocker staked $10,000 on the crews' ability to lay a world record ten miles of track in a single, Ten Mile Day.

Using the book Ten Mile Day by Mary Ann Fraiser, students work in small groups and will learn about competition, division of labor and incentives. They also will learn how to demonstrate how division of labor and incentives help lead to greater productivity.

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