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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.
Learners explore American artists from the 1920s. For 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.
High schoolers recognize the contributions of famous Americans. For this 1920's America lesson, students research Internet and print sources on the lives of selected Americans who lived in the 1920s. High schoolers compare their own lives to the lives of those they research as they create multimedia biography projects.
Middle and high schoolers look at historical photos and analyze some of the changes brought about by the automobile revolution in Arkansas during the 1920's. The book, A Journey Through Arkansas: Historic U.S. Highway 67, is used for learners to get a glimpse into this time period. This two-day plan is filled with great ideas for your students; it should lead to a firmer understanding of how the introduction of the automobile changed the Arkansas landscape.
Learners analyze a series of images from the 1920's and 30's. For 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.
Students explore 1920's America. For this American history lesson, students listen to lectures about the decade. Students then research political policies, important events, and famous Americans from the time period and present their findings to their classmates in scrapbook form.
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.
Eleventh graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this 1920's America lesson, 11th graders compare and contrast the policies of Presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. Students create charts that feature their findings.