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What was life like for African-Americans during the 1920s? It was filled with acute racism, gross mistreatment, and powerful Black leaders. Learn about The Great Debate, Tulsa Race Riots, the rise of the KKK, The NAACP, and Marcus Garvey. The Harlem Renaissance is also discussed.
The Great Gatsby, Babbitt, and Their eyes Were Watching God all require readers to have some knowledge of the 1920s. Provide that background with a research activity that asks learners to explore mores and trends of the time period through primary documents. The detailed plan includes resource links, assessment strategies, and plans for diverse learners.
Students explore the technological advancements of 1920's America. In this 1920's America lesson, students examine photographs and paintings of skyscrapers and analyze the urban growth that prompted their construction.
Young scholars examine American life in the 1920's. In this American history lesson, students analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Young scholars analyze primary images and documents in order to examine how American society changed during the decade.
Seventh graders visit 1920's America. In this Roaring Twenties lesson, 7th graders view a slideshow featuring images of the era. Students take notes on the presentation and discuss the issues of the era prior to writing acrostic poems about 1920's America.
Students explore what life was like for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the 1920s.  In this American history activity, students watch videos and refer to multiple documents to draw conclusions as to what life was like for Mexican workers after the Mexican War.
Students explore American artists from the 1920s.  In this U.S. history and fine arts lesson, students visit several stations to view documents, listen to music, observe artwork, and answer written questions about  Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes, Georgia O'Keefe and other historical artists.
Students examine economic, social, and cultural aspects of the 1920s. They provide a brief political history of the 1920s, focusing on the death of Warren Harding (Was he poisoned by his wife?) and develop skills in analyzing advertisements.
Students analyze the factors that contributed to the agricultural surpluses of the 1920s and assume the role of a farmer in 1925 trying to decide which of several agricultural options to accept.
Students analyze a series of images from the 1920's and 30's. In this lesson on American culture, students work in small groups to analyze the art and literature of the 1920's. This lesson includes a wide variety of images, writing excerpts, and cartoons from the 20's and 30's, and web-links for all of them.
For this 1920's America worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages about the decade and respond to 47 short answer questions.
Eleventh graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this 1920's America lesson plan, 11th graders compare and contrast the policies of Presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. Students create charts that feature their findings.
Learners are immersed in the following goals of learning: The importance of consumerism in the 1920's. Also have learners recognize the connections between commodities and culture in the American past and present. Finally the ability for one to interpret original historical documents and images.
Students research an aspect of the 1920s and present a 5-minute presentation on their topic using PowerPoint as a tool to deliver the speech. An option available once the speeches are delivered is to assign an essay where Students recap the information they acquired from listening to the speeches.
In this U.S. economics of the 1920s and 1930s worksheet, students read a passage and then complete a graphic organizer comparing the credit, wages, employment, sales, stock market, and banks in the 2 decades.
Eleventh graders explore works of the Lost Generation writers of the 1920's. In this American literature lesson, 11th graders analyze provided selections from Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and then respond to a writing prompt about their influence.
In this global studies worksheet, learners read the noted pages in their textbooks and then respond to 8 short answer questions and write a thematic essay about the 1920's and World War I.
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles. After presenting their work, class members get to work outlining and writing an essay on the same topic.
Eleventh graders comprehend the 1920's. They analyze examples of art from 1920's to build an comprehension of the times. They are asked if art reflect or transcend the time in which it was created? Students discuss the common element they find in the art of the 1920's.
Second graders study historical photographs of community and leisure activities in Denver during the 1920's. They write an entertainment section for a newspaper explaining these activities.

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