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1920s Variety Show
Young scholars participate in a variety show of literary readings, musical and dance performances, and an art exhibition. They research the cultural achievements of the Harlem Renaissance and become familiar with its major figures.
Recreation Yesterday and Today
Eleventh graders research entertainment and recreation in the early 20th century using the American Memory collections and From the Hidewood: Memories of a Dakota Neighborhood, a book by Robert Amerson reflecting life in Deuel County, South Dakota, during the late 1920s and 1930s. Students then compare the rural experience for this time period to the national experience and to their own experience. .
The Sound and Feel of the 1920s
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.
Education and Popular Culture
In this 1920's American history worksheet, students read the provided pages about the evolving American culture during the decade and then respond to 5 short answer questions based on the reading selection.
You Wouldn't Understand...It's a Slang Thang
Fourth graders study a decade in history through its slang. They analyze a slang dictionary from the 1920's and read a primary source letter making use of the slang. They decipher the language and compare and contrast 1920's language with that of 1880's.
Changing Ways of Life
In this 20th century American history worksheet, students read "Changing Ways of Life," and then respond to 5 main idea and critical thinking questions about 1920's America.
The Twenties Woman
In this women's history worksheet, students read the provided pages about women's rights in the 1920's and then respond to 5 short answer questions based on women's rights during the decade.
"The Big Cheese"
Eleventh graders research and examine the significant individuals of the 1920s and their impact on American society. They identify characteristics of people who make a difference, and in pairs conduct research on two people with differing points of view from the 1920s. Each pair presents a dialogue performed as the two people researched.
The Roaring Twenties
Students examine how the change in music reflected the cultural revolution of the 1920s. They compare/contrast music from the turn of the century and the Jazz Age, and in small groups write and produce a short radio show that demonstrates 1920s culture.
What Caused the Great Depression?
Analyze the many causes of major political, economic, and social developments during the 1920s and 1930s, with emphasis on the Great Depression. Read photographs from the 1920's and the 1930's, then write a brief explanation of what you believe are the two most important reasons behind the changed conditions shown in the photographs.
From The Great War To The Great Depression
Discover details about 1920's America. In this American history instructional activity, learners 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.
Voice of History
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.
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. Additional web resources are included.
Climbing Mount Everest: Then and Now
Students consider the costs and benefits associated with mountain climbing. They also compare mountain climbing today, particularly the concept of climbing Mount Everest, with mountain climbing in the 1920s and the 1950s.
Zoom-In: Inflation and the Rise of Adolf Hitler
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Great Depression instructional activity, students examine photographs pertaining to economic troubles of the 1920's and 1930's. Students discuss how inflation led to Hitler's rise to power in Germany.
Explore the Roaring Twenties with l Lecture, r Research, and Role-play
To grasp what life was like in the 1920's, middle schoolers research and role-play. Intended as a follow-up activity to a lecture on the 1920's, learners will journal, view a PowerPoint, role-play, and reflect on what they've learned. Use this activity in a history lesson or before starting a novel unit.
Behind the Movie Chicago - Lesson 1
Students are introduced to the genre of the musical film. They become aware of the music and dance trends of the 1920s. They identify musical motive as a basis for unity in composition.
The Great Gatsby Historical Background Using Multi-Genre Research Project
Before beginning F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, create a historical context of the Roaring 20s with this lesson. Set up a gallery walk with the provided PowerPoint, which features 10 topics related to the 1920s. Then begin a multi-genre research project (from Tom Romero's Writing With Passion), which asks writers to include in their project poetry, drama, interviews, letters, articles, or any other genre of writing.
The Roar of the Twenties; The Crash of the Thirties 1920-1939
Eighth graders view a section of the A & E Special: Prohibition, Thirteen Years that Changed America, focusing on the music, clothing and dance crazes of the 1920's. They also read Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr.
Creating a Shared Culture
Students simulate working on an assembly line in a shared culture. In this consumerism lesson, students participate in a lecture and note-taking session before working on a simulated assembly line. They work in a timed situation to demonstrate how they increase their efficiency. They determine what life was like in this type of job as consumerism rose during the 1920's and 1930's in America.