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The Roaring Life

of the 1920's

The Roaring Life of the 1920's

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Various social issues had tremendous impact  on Americans in the 1920s. Many of these issues continue to challenge society today. As you go through this course, think about social issues from the 1920s that you think relate directly to issues of today. Crate a now-and then display that verbally and visually present these parallel issues. Use the following categories to help you organize your ideas:

  • the impact of technology

  • the struggle for equal rights

  • attempts to solve social problems

  • attempts to accommodate the educational needs of diverse groups

Be ready to present your project to the class in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Changing Ways of Life


Students will identify speakeasy, bootlegger, fundamentalism, Clarence Darrow, and Scopes trial. 

Students will contrast how life in a small town differed from life in the city.

Students will analyze the pros and cons of prohibition.

Students will explain what caused prohibition.

Students will summarize how criminals took advantage of prohibition.

Students will examine the criminal activities of Al Capone.

Students will analyze the conflict between fundamentalists and those who accepted evolution. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 617.

2) Read pages 618 - 623 in course textbook.

3) Complete one of the Interact with History projects on page 623.

4) Start your course project. 

Session 2: The Twenties Woman


Students will review their homework and present their Interact with History project.

Students will identify flapper and double standard. 

Students will contrast how the flapper was different from her mother. 

Students will examine the foundation of the Miss America Pageant. 

Students will summarize how the growth of business and industry affected women. 

Students will identify some of the changes that affected the family during the 1920s.

Students will examine what life was like for youth during the 1920s.


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 621.

2) Read pages 624 - 629 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 3: Education and Popular Culture


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Babe Ruth, Gertrude Edere, Charles A. Lindbergh, George Gershwin, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Ernest Hemingway. 

Students will analyze modes of mass media during the 1920s. 

Students will summarize the changes that took place in public education and the mass media in the 1920s. 

Students will analyze the 1924 Winter Olympics.

Students will compare heroes of today with heroes of the 1920s. 

Students will analyze historical flights taken during the 1920s.

Students will analyze why Americans were so entranced with movie stars in the 1920s.

Students will analyze the lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. 

Students will summarize why so many American writers rejected their culture and its values. 


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 629.

2) Read pages 630 - 637 in course textbook.

3) Complete one of the Interact with History projects on page 637.

4) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session. 

Session 4: The Harlem Renaissance


Students will review their homework, present their Interact with History project and their course project.

Students will identify James Weldon Johnson, Universal Negro Improvement Association, Harlem Renaissance, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith. 

Students will summarize the changes the move of African Americans to the North caused in 1920s America. 

Students will analyze the lives of James Weldon Johnson and Duke Ellington. 

Students will summarize the alternative approach to equality that Marcus Garvey offered. 

Students will identify the ways writers of the Harlem Renaissance celebrated a "rebirth".

Students will summarize other areas beside writing that African Americans of the 1920s achieved remarkable results.

Students will analyze the connection between literature and jazz during the 1920s 

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