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Eighth graders, after assuming identities of prominent figures from the 1920's and looking at slides and data from the era, relate, in diary form, the cultural, economic and political changes that happened in America between 1920 and 1939.
Students study the automobile industry. In this cultural history lesson, students explore 1920s America as they view a teacher-created PowerPoint presentation regarding the 1920s. Students research how the automobile changed the 1920s lifestyle in America.
Ninth graders explore how the rise of dictators led to the start of World War II. They identify and explain the main causes for World War II and they explain the causes for the rise of dictators during the 1920's.
Students explore the Roaring Twenties. In this modern history instructional activity, students will select a prominent person from the 1920's and conduct Internet research to create either a documentary or a commemorative stamp about that person. This instructional activity includes a slide show, web resources, and rubric.
In this 20th century U.S. history learning exercise, students read articles about Mass Culture and 1920's America. Students then respond to 25 short answer questions.
For this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 6 matching questions about important events in 1920's America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Eleventh graders discover the appreciation of the importance of visuals in exploring different aspects of society past and present. They collaborate on comparing and contrasting information. Students look at what life was like during the 1920's.
Students compare the radio to other forms of mass communication. In this Radio Broadcasting Before Television lesson, students learn the different types of radio shows in the 1920s and 30s. Students write and perform radio scripts appropriate for the time period using historical sound effects and factual data.
Fifth graders discover the history of African Americans by investigating the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American culture lesson, 5th graders identify the key African American artists and musicians in the 1920's and 30's, specifically Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence and Louis Armstrong. Students view, read and listen to the work by the artists and answer study questions.
Students assess the diversity of the photographs taken by a Czech photographer, that illustrate how existed in 1920's Texas. Then students compare and contrast these photographs with more current photographs of Texans and evaluate in what ways Texas has changed in how diversity is viewed.
Students examine a case study documenting the experience of three teens in the 1920's era with a disease (Pellagra) which was prevalent throughout the United States, most particularly in persons with a corn based diet. They create a brochureelating to the topic.
Learners investigate the self-winding watch during the 1920's and how it impacted modern society. They study the idea of inventions by creating and describing their own and how it could impact future society.
Students 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.
What a wonderful way to begin an exploration of the Great Depression. Using this colorful and interesting presentation, teachers can give students an overview of the life in the 1920's and 1930's. The pictures, quotes and poetry used in this presentation make the experience a unique one. The poem by Dorothy Parker is a particularly good addition.
Students explore Teaching the American Twenties, noting fashion, life styles, Hollywood, key authors, key people, and key events. They explore the sites and note what they can identify from the time period for this collection. They write down important things about the time period, which helps them to explain their chosen images. Finally, students create a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating their exploration and study of the Ransom Center site.
Students examine historical events of the 1920s, World War II and the Cold War. They discover how literature reflects the economic, political, social, religious and historical concerns of a culture. Students compare literature writings to the "Age of Anxiety." Additional cross curriculum activities are listed.
Students identify the social, culturaland political problems of the 1920s and compare them to the problems of the 1960s. They research both eras and then make a presentation to the rest of the class.
Students examine the philosophy of different organizations after World War I. They discover the impact of the "Red Scare" and how this affected peace organizations of the time.
Delicately poised after the dramatic end of WWI and the startling beginning of WWII, this presentation encompassing the positions and roles of Germany, Italy, England, France, and the League of Nations in the 1920's. The first half of the slideshow focuses on the politics and cultures of these countries, while the later slides cover art in the 1920's and the effect of the Great Depression on the world economy. This would be a good way to transition into a WWII unit.