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What a creative and engaging project to incorporate into your studies of the 1920s! Your young historians will work in groups to design a magazine discussing the political and cultural topics of the decade, each member writing one article and visual to contribute to the group project.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
Symbols of the 1920s: New York City Skyscrapers in Photographs and Paintings
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.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
From The Great War To The Great Depression
Discover details about 1920's America. In this American history instructional activity, students read From the Great War to the Great Depression. Students then research famous Americans from the time period and present their findings to their classmates.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Roaring Twenties
If you really want to cover the flavor of the Roaring Twenties, use this presentation. The 1920s are categorized into politics, culture, music, policy, and social issues that divided the nation. Each main header contains several subsequent slides full of great information and hyperlinks.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Dance and Discourse: Boogie Down with History
How did the Charleston reflect the culture of the 1920s? To find the answer, class members are taught the dance, read an essay by Albert Haim entitled, “The Charleston in the 1920s: the Dance, the Composers, and the Recordings,” and respond to a series of guided reading questions citing evidence from the article.
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Roaring 20's
Discover the roaring and contradicting nature of the 1920s in the United States. The video provides an overview of laissez faire capitalism in the decade and the nation's dramatic increase in productivity, as well as a variety of other topics, including the American automobile and film industry, the Harlem Renaissance, flapper culture, the Scopes trial and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and immigration restriction.
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?
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.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reporting on the 1920s
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.
8th - 12th English Language Arts
Show Me the 1920s!
Students examine American life in the 1920's. In this American history instructional activity, 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
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.
7th Social Studies & History
The Roaring 20's
Probably one of the most transitional times in American history, the 1920's brought the advent of the radio, social reform, a shift in culture, and industrialization. Your class uses research to create radio advertisements in 1920's slang, and to compose an essay comparing various advertising media of the time.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History
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.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Individuals as Instruments of Change
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections.
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
11th English Language Arts
GIGGLE WATER & STRUGGLE BUGGIES
Students examine the 1920s. In this American history lesson, students will use primary source documents to create original skits. Students will become a character from the 1920s and then share what they have learned through dramatic play. ï»¿
6th - 10th Social Studies & History
Exploring the 1920s
Learners explore American artists from the 1920s. In this U.S. history and fine arts instructional activity, 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.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts