Lesson Plan

The Richest Man in the World

The students will analyze Andrew Carnegie's philosophy of philanthropy.
Amy W.
Classroom teacher
Ligonier Valley High School
Ligonier, PA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Summarize the main message incorporated into Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth"
  • Analyze and evaluate the impact of Carnegie's philanthropy on American society
Social Studies
Grades 9 - 10
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1 Hook

Use Kahoot to ask students the following question:  "Do you believe that the wealthy have an obligation to give back to society in some way?"  The choice of responses are:

  • Yes
  • No
  • I am not sure


2 Direct Instruction

Students will read and annotate a selection from the "Gospel of Wealth."

3 Guided Practice

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The students will answer the following questions relating to the "Gospel of Wealth" in a Pages document:

  • According to Carnegie, what are the responsibilities of the man of wealth?
  • According to Carnegie what happens to the man who dies wealthy?


4 Independent Practice

Activity: Other — Collins Writing

Based on their understanding of Carnegie's philosophy of philanthropy, students will list 4 ways that Carnegie might help the homeless in our current society.

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Other — Collins Writing

Students will explain whether or not they agree with Carnegie's philosophy of philanthropy.  They must include two specific reasons why they agree or disagree in their response.