The Roaring 20's

The Time Between the Wars
Tec 942
Mike Carpenter
Introduction- After World War I, many exciting
events and people made great contributions to
society. You are about to explore the Roaring
20’s, the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance,
Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Babe Ruth, the
Charlestown, silent film and the beginnings of
radio. Your group will listen to recordings, view
art, read stories and create your own art and
stories. You will also look at the beginnings of
the Great Depression and the rise of the Nazis.
You will examine the time between the wars by examining a series of web-sites that will
be provided. Your group will choose one topic from each category and prepare a
newpaper on the topic.
The Post-War World
The faults of the Treaty of
America’s decision not to
enter the League of Nations.
The U.S. policy of
isolationism in the 1920’s.
The difficulties European
democracies experienced
after WWI.
British colonialism in India
after WWI.
Sports and Culture
Study Babe Ruth, Helen Wills or
another sports figure and
explain the impact they had.
Describe the Harlem
Renaissance and the impact of
the artists.
Listen to and explain the
importance of Jazz and the
View images from the Dada or
Surrealism and discuss
paintings or create your own
View then show and discuss
clips from silent films.
Causes for prohibition and its
Task Continued
The Great Depression
The causes of the Great Depression.
The events of October 29, 1929,
Black Friday.
Action taken by Herbert Hoover and
Franklin Roosevelt and the New
The dust bowl and migrant workers.
The rise of Fascism
1. Explain the problems of the
Weimar Republic.
2. Study and discuss the political
mobs and riots in Germany
during the 1930’s.
3. The writing of Mein Kampf.
4. Examine and explain the
significance of Kristallnacht.
5. Discuss the 1936 Olympics
and Jesse Owens.
1. Divide into groups of four.
2. Brainstorm ideas concerning the main
topics. The Roaring 20’s, sports and
culture, the Great Depression and the
rise of Fascism.
3. Decide which topic you will choose
based upon the brainstorming activity
and your interest.
Process Continued
Research your topic using the web-sites that are
For each topic create a newspaper article that
discusses the main points of who, what ,when,
why and where. Also, explain why this event is
important in shaping the 1920’s and 30’s.
Explain what is the significance of this event or
person. Your opinion is important, however, you
should support your views with history.
Process Continued
Using the computer, your group will
compile their stories into a newspaper.
Each group member will also be
responsible for including a political cartoon
or illustration that will be added to the final
Resources public television site the Smithsonian museum British
Broadcasting Company
Resources Continued
history channel biography channel American Museum of
Natural History National Park Service
htm information on India
Evaluation Rubric
Basic +3
on subject:
Developing +4
Advanced +5
Lack of coverage
and explanation.
Didn’t explain significance of person/event
Adequate coverage of
person or event. Lacking
complete explanation of
significance or individual
Excellent coverage
of individual/ event
and explanation of
their significance.
Presentation Didn’t present material
Of Material: appropriately or many
significant points were
Appropriate presentation
of material and significant
points were discussed.
Thourough presentation of material
significant points
were addressed.
Presentation was lack- Presentation included
Detailed presentaing information, back- coverage of the topic,
tion, excellent use
grounds, and or images backgrounds, and images. backgrounds and
You and your group have examined the period known as the time
between the wars. This is an exciting period in history that includes
the Roaring 20’s, the Great Depression and the rise of fascism. You
have studied interesting individuals such as Albert Einstein,
Sigmund Freud and Babe Ruth. You have also researched
interesting movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, jazz,
surrealism and prohibition. It’s difficult to cover every topic from this
diverse era in a single assignment. Now that you are completing the
assignment answer the following questions and include them at the
conclusion of your PowerPoint:
1. What other areas would be interesting to cover from this era.
2. What web-sites did you use that were particularly helpful.
3. How is the person or event you examined still relevant today.
Additional Components
Lesson Plan “A Time Between the Wars”
I. Title:
II. Grade Level:
III. Ohio Standards:
The Time Between the Wars- webquest
Ninth grade World Studies
Social Studies History strand
20th Century Conflict
Students use materials drawn from the diversity of
human experience to analyze and interpret
significant events, patterns and themes in the
history of Ohio, the U.S. and the world:
9. Assess the global impact of post-World War
I economic, social and political turmoil including:
b. Worldwide depression
d. Rise of militant and totalitarian states in Europe
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e. The Roaring Twenties and the Harlem
f. Stock market speculation and the crash
of 1929.
The United States in the 20th Century
9. Analyze the major political, economic and
social developments of the 1920’s
b. Women’s right to vote
e. The Roaring Twenties and the Harlem
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IV. Objectives: Students will understand
the significant events
of the 1920’s and 30’s
that impacted the
twentieth century.
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VI. Procedures
A. Students will be divided into groups
of four.
B. Groups will brainstorm ideas about
their topic.
C. Each member will choose a single
topic from one of the categories.
Lesson plan continued
D. Using the web-sitess provided,
students will research their topic.
E. Students will address basic
questions of who, what, where, when
and why while researching their
F. Students should also address the
significance of their topic or
Lesson Plan Contined
individual and how their topic or
individual had a significant impact
on the 1920’s and 30’s.
G. Groups will use the computer to
compile their stories into a
newspaper that included their story
and an illustration/ political cartoon.
H. Groups will present their
newspapers to the class.
Leson Plan Continued
VII. Assessment:
Students and groups will be
assessed using a rubric that
examines student research,
the presentation, and the newspaper.