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Roaring Twenties Teacher Resources
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Use this roaring 1920s history lesson to have young writers research primary and secondary sources. They use their research to examine the events or famous public figures of the time period. Next, they imagine they're in the 1920s and design and deliver historically accurate newscast presentations.
Make text-to-world connections between 1920s American history and The Great Gatsby. Upper graders share facts they researched about the 1920s the evening prior, view two video clips about F. Scott Fitzgerald, and then choose a book to read in literature circles. The suggested readings for the literature circle are Time Capsule, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Patron Saint of Butterflies, and Walking Up a Rainbow.
Way before the digital age radio was the medium of popular culture. After listening to excerpts from radio programs (easily available on the Internet), participants return to the radio age by creating a two-minute sketch based on a historical/social event or figure from the 1920s. Broadcasters research, script, edit, prepare sound effects, select theme music, and record their sketch. Turn out the lights and gather round.
Starting a unit related to the Roaring Twenties? This simple introductory lesson might help. The class completes 'K' and 'W' in a KWL chart and views a video on the era. Then they find 10 facts about the 1920s by conducting online research. Small groups use this information to create concept maps in preparation for a scrapbook of images and text. They finish the KWL chart and turn in all work as the assessment. Related materials may not be accessible; however, the framework is still useful.
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.
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.