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Student Copy of Gatsby and the Jazz Age: American Dream or Nightmare:

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
F. Scott Fitzgerald's intent in The Great Gatsby, was "to state the American dream as dramatically, as passionately, as possible – and at the same time, to hold it up to moral judgment, to see what lies and terrors lay beneath its...
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The Harlem Renaissance (1920’s-1930’s)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How did the geography of Harlem help create the Harlem Renaissance? Class members learn about the origins of the movement as they study this 1920s-1930s movement. Groups rotate through four stations examining art, music, a satirical...
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Reporting on the 1920s

For Teachers 8th - 12th
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...
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Symbols of the 1920s: New York City Skyscrapers in Photographs and Paintings

For Teachers 8th - 12th
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.
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NAACP’s Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1920s

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the anti-lynching campaign of the NAACP in the 1920's. In this human rights lesson, students prepare for and participate in a simulated debate of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill that was presented to Congress.
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Show Me the 1920s!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine American life in the 1920's. In this American history lesson, students analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Learners analyze primary images and documents in order to examine how American...
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The 1920s: How They Roared!

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders visit 1920's America. In this Roaring Twenties activity, 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...
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You are the Curator: Building a Museum of the 1920s and 1930s

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine primary and secondary sources regarding 1920's and 1930's America. In this Webquest lesson, students explore sources regarding the American decades in order to create their own museum exhibits.
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The Roaring Twenties

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A slideshow presentation covers the flavor of the Roaring Twenties. 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...
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1920's Magazine

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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What Was Life Like During the 1920's?

For Teachers 11th
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...
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From The Great War To The Great Depression

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Discover details about 1920's America. In this American history lesson, 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.
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Marketing a Bad Idea: Why So Many People Joined the Klan in the 1920s

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How did the Klu Klux Klan manage to gain so many members during the 1920s? Class members examine Klan documents and promotional materials to gain an understanding of the propaganda techniques used to attract members.
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1920s Variety Show

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
To better understand the cultural achievements of the Harlem Renaissance and become familiar with its major figures, class members examine a painting by Aaron Douglas and a poem by Langston Hughes and compare how the artists develop...
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The Roaring 20s

For Teachers 7th - 8th
America during the 1920s was quite an interesting place! Bring the jazz, poverty, consumer excess, culture, and politics to life with this presentation. Primary source images, excellent descriptive text, and a wide span of topics are...
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Collective Intelligence about 1920s American Literature

For Teachers 11th
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...
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How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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...
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Exploring the 1920s

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore American artists from the 1920s.  In this U.S. history and fine arts lesson, students visit several stations to view documents, listen to music, observe artwork, and answer written questions about  Duke Ellington, Louis...
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Advertising and Consumerism of the 1920's

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders discover the impact of advertising in 1920's America. In this 20th century history lesson, 11th graders complete KNU charts as they research marketing techniques that were used during the decade to promote consumerism.
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Chapter 16 – The 1920s

For Students 9th - 12th
In this 1920's America instructional activity, students read assigned textbook pages about the decade and respond to 47 short answer questions.
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1920s Policies of American Presidents

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this 1920's America lesson plan, 11th graders compare and contrast the policies of Presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert...
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The Lost Generation Writers of the 1920's

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore works of the Lost Generation writers of the 1920's. In this American literature lesson, 11th graders analyze provided selections from Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and then respond to a writing prompt...
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1920’s Questions

For Students 8th - 12th
In this 20th century history worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about events and significant figures of 1920's America. 
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Mexicans in the United States in the 1920s

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore what life was like for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the 1920s.  In this American history instructional activity, students watch videos and refer to multiple documents to draw conclusions as to what life was like for...