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How would it feel to be segregated because of your age or background? This journal launches a persuasive writing lesson that includes a study of persuasive essays and speeches written and delivered in the 20th century. Class members then produce their own piece of persuasive writing. Although the lesson is part of a unit on the Holocaust, it could be adapted to other situations. Resource links are included.
High schoolers discover the role of technology in 20th century conflicts. In this technological advancement instructional activity, students research how World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the War in Iraq were fought. High schoolers compose essays that highlight the tools and technology used in the conflicts.
A comprehensive look at the prohibition debate through the lens of immigration gives scholars intriguing material for a debate and essay of their own. They watch four video clips (find these on the PBS website), discussing issues in small groups after each one. The viewing guide offers excellent prompts to get scholars critically thinking instead of just retaining. Use the debrief questions to facilitate a whole-group analysis, too. Next, groups discuss differing positions of various demographics. They are then assigned roles and given actual legislation to read and debate from various viewpoints. They vote to pass or veto each of the four bills. Finally, individuals write essays based on a given essential question relating anti-immigrant sentiment to prohibition enactment.
Young scholars explore the political regimes of the twentieth century. For this government systems lesson, students watch "Fighting 20th Century Tyranny" and discuss the functions of political regimes. Young scholars review the personal stories of five individuals who escaped the Communist or Nazi regimes.