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.
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Culture and History
A 13-minute audio guide begins the second lesson of a unit on Zora Neale Hurtson's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Once they have listened to the guide and read Chapter 1 of the novel, kids discuss the story as an example of oral...
9th - 12th English Language Arts 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...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Esperanza Rising - Anticipation Guide
Learn about Mexican culture while simultaneously strengthening reading, writing and computer skills. In order to get the most out of Esperanza Rising, pupils should have prior knowledge of Mexican culture. Therefore, there are links to a...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History
Japan: Land of the Rising Sun
Young scholars locate Japan on a globe, name the major physical features, and describe the physical environment. They survey the differences and similarities between the life and culture of Japanese young people and American young people.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
New Review Japan in the Heian Period and Cultural History: Crash Course World History 227
When your class thinks of medieval history, they probably think of European castles and knights. But they may not know that the Heian period in Japan, which coincided with the Middle Ages in Europe, saw a significant development in...
14 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson: Unmonumental: Fragmentation, Fragility, and Consumer Culture
Looking at art is the first step to analyzing it. And, if you can analyze art, you can analyze anything. Kids examine several pop art pieces that represent consumerism in modern culture. They discuss multiple facets of each piece and...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
History and Traditions of the Samurai
The history and tradition of the samurai are analyzed as cultural norms that changed to reflect the times. The class will examine sets of samurai armor and clothing to describe how their role changed over an eight-hundred year period....
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change
"Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be change agents as communities re-think themselves?" Watch as curator Thelma Golden re-imagines the museum as a think tank and explores the...
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable