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Students explore the roaring twenties. For this Progressive Era lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the government, economics, social issues, cultural influences, and famous people from the 1920's. Students use their research findings to design a mural that represents the era.
Pupils 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.
Pupils 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 Finally the ability for one to interpret original historical documents and images.
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. .
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.
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.