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Race and Ethnicity in the 1920s
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.
Collective Intelligence about 1920s American Literature
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.
Symbols of the 1920s: New York City Skyscrapers in Photographs and Paintings
Young scholars explore the technological advancements of 1920's America. In this 1920's America lesson plan, students examine photographs and paintings of skyscrapers and analyze the urban growth that prompted their construction.
Show Me the 1920s!
Students examine American life in the 1920's. In this American history lesson, students analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Students analyze primary images and documents in order to examine how American society changed during the decade.
The 1920s: How They Roared!
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.
Mexican Labor in 1920s
Students explore what life was like for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the 1920s. In this American history lesson, students watch videos and refer to multiple documents to draw conclusions as to what life was like for Mexican workers after the Mexican War.
Exploring the 1920s
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.
On The Road Again: Cars, Culture, and Change Along Historic U.S. Highway 67
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.
Fashion and Gender Roles
What do the fashions of an era say about the values and gender roles of that era? Expert groups examine primary source documents and fashion visuals of the 1900s, 1920s, 1940s, and 1950s and consider how these fashions reflect economic and societal influences. After a jigsaw activity, individuals answer the central question by creating a reflective paragraph, complete with a claim and supporting evidence drawn from the sources. Consider modeling the OPTIC (overview, parts of the picture, title, interrelationships, conclusion) method of visual analysis before groups begin their examination of the source documents. In addition, the activity can be extended by asking class members to examine current fashion and analyze what these styles say about modern attitudes and gender roles.
The 1920s: The Rise of Consumer Culture
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.
A Shared Past: Agricultural Changes in the 1920s
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.
Olympics of the 1920's
In this Olympics worksheet, students fill in the blanks to sentences about the Olympics in the 1920's. Students complete 8 sentences with words in a word bank.
Images Draw You in: 1920's and 1930's
Young scholars 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.
Chapter 16 – The 1920s
In this 1920's America worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages about the decade and respond to 47 short answer questions.
1920s Policies of American Presidents
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.
1920s Consumer Culture
Students 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.
The Great Gatsby: American People and Culture of the 1920s
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.
The Economy of the 1920s v. The Economy of the 1930s
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.
The Lost Generation Writers of the 1920's
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.
The 1920s and World War I
In this global studies worksheet, students 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.