Roaring 20’s Project

Engaging Scenario: You are brainstorming Halloween costume ideas for an upcoming 1920s themed party called “Boom to Bust!” In order to put together a cool costume, you have to know some history associated with the period. Research your designated topic and be prepared to share why your event or group of people truly helped to make the 1920s R-O-A-R!!!

An Overview of what you will have to do for the Presentation

1)  Take Notes on the Cornell Graphic Organizer or Notecards.

a.  Notes should focus on the important facts listed under your topic, anything extra but interesting and you find that it’s pertinent to your topic, write it down!

b.  Cite sources. Copy and paste website into in APA format. Then copy the citation onto a word document.

2)  Create a PowerPoint or Prezi. Only three bullets per slide, one pic per slide, and something to engage the students/grab their attention!

a.  Choose and complete one of the choices in Task 3

3)  TWO DAYS BEFORE PRESENTATION: Save on teacher’s flash-drive your PowerPoint with three slides per page. Make sure your names are on it OR ELSE you are responsible for make copies for the entire class.

4)  PRESENT!!!!

5)  Turn in cornell-notes/cards, CITATION PAGE, and what you added to enhance your presentation (TASK 3)!

Task One: Choose three of the following topics that you would like to research and explain why (order them 1-3). Top choices will be given to those who show enthusiasm for topic and how they will demonstrate it to the class!

Highlight the topic your teacher gives you.

1920s TOPICS:

1. The 18th amendment

·  What led to it? Be specific and provide statistics and examples

·  Who fought for it? Why?

·  How was it passed?

·  What was it?

·  What was the impact? Successes and failures?

·  21st amendment

2. Gangsters involvement in prohibition

·  Where it was most prevalent

·  Notorious gangsters (Untouchables, Al Capone, Bugs Moran…)

·  role of bootleggers

·  Moonshine

·  Speakeasies

·  Any interesting facts/pictures…please include..

3. Corruption in the government and on the police force

·  Justice Department's Bureau of Investigation

·  Teapot Dome Scandal

·  Chicago


·  Any interesting facts/pictures…please include…

4. Newspapers, magazines, and journals in the 1920s

·  McClure, Time, Saturday Evening post, New York Daily, The Chicago Tribune

·  Famous journalists

o  Topics they researched

o  Methods used to find information

·  Articles that made the headlines

o  Their importance

·  Competing tabloids

·  The emergence of advertisements

·  Political cartoons

o  Who? Why? Impact?

o  Examples

5. Harlem Renaissance

·  Definition

·  Where?

·  Describe what it was like.

·  Impact of Art

·  Impact of Literature (books and poetry)

6. Music of the 1920s

·  The emergence of jazz

·  Ragtime

·  Tin Pan Alley composers

·  Broadway musicals

·  Famous composers

·  Instruments used

·  Record players

·  Who listened

·  Impact on society

7. The Nightlife of the 1920s

·  Famous Night Clubs

o  dances

·  Boardwalk, amusement parks

·  Famous theatres

·  Famous entertainment attractions

·  Chicago

·  Atlantic City

8. Womens’ impact on the 1920s

·  Women’s Suffrage (How they won the right to vote: War of the Roses)

·  Attire

·  Role in the city vs role in the suburbs

·  Flappers (attire, Clara Bowe the “it” girl)

·  Prostitution-the role it played in the 1920s

9. Sports

·  Baseball (Chicago Black Sox Scandal, Babe Ruth)

·  Boxing (Jack Dempsey)

·  Aviation (Amelia Earhardt, Charles Lindbergh)

·  Swimming (Gertrude Ederle)

·  Football (Red Grange)

·  Anything else interesting you find!

10. Red Scare

·  Causes

·  Define

·  Who did they fear?

·  How that fear impacted politics (McCarthyism)

·  Blacklists

11. Sacco and Vanzetti Case

·  Background information/what led up to it

·  Who was involved?

·  What were they being tried for?

·  What happened in the trial?

·  Results and impact of trial

12. Scopes Trial

·  Background information/what led up to it

·  Define Creationism and evolutionism

·  Who was involved?

·  What happened in the trial?

·  Results and impact of trial

13. Presidents during the 1920s

·  Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover

o  Include the following for each president:

§  their terms in office

§  Their platform (what they believed in)

§  Successes and failures

14. The KKK and the Rosewood Massacre

·  Background of the KKK (origins, who was involved and why?)

·  Goals of KKK

·  What was the Rosewood Massacre, impact

·  Important figures

15. Automobiles

·  How the automobile has evolved?

·  Types (Ford) ..Model T/Tin Lizzie

·  How it has impacted American Life (Suburbs vs City drivers)

·  Who, specifically, did it impact?

o  Did women drive?

o  When could children start driving?

o  Were their many accidents?

16. Film and Movies

·  Birth of film

·  Silent films

·  How sound became included in films

·  Emergence of newsreels

·  Movie Stars (Charlie Chapin)

17. The Golden Age of Animation

·  Background about animation

·  Silent animation (John Bray films)

·  Walt Disney

·  First animated sound films

o  Sound-on film

·  Mickey Mouse

·  Warner Brothers Cartoons

18. Fun and Fads of the 1920s

·  Flagpole/pole sitting

·  Dance Marathons (different dances)

·  Beauty Contests

·  Impact of Sigmund Freud

·  Anything else you find!

19. The Radio

·  The emergence of the Radio

·  How the radio has evolved


·  KYW

·  The impact of the radio on American Society

Task Two: Notes and Citing


Use the Cornell Note graphic organizers. Write the notes in bullet form on the right side. On the left side of the paper write the main idea of the notes. You should have AT LEAST 6 pages of notes completed FRONT AND BACK. You will turn them in the day you present.

Use Note cards: Write topic on blank side and notes about topic on the other side in bullet form. You can have more than 1 card per topic. You may have around 30 cards completed when you have finished researching.

Citing Sources

Each source that you use will now become one of your citations. Use and APA format to show where you have gotten your information.

*Copy and paste your citations into a word document and turn in on the day that you present.

Task Three: Preparing for your Presentation

Create a PowerPoint or Prezi that fully explains all important parts of your topic, answering the question:

Why did this make the 1920s roar?

TWO DAYS BEFORE PRESENTATION: Save on teacher’s flash-drive your PowerPoint with three slides per page and room for notes. Make sure your names are on it. OR ELSE you are responsible for make copies for the entire class.

Guidelines for creating the PowerPoint or Prezi:

1.  3 Bullets per slide with title (Not all of the information you will be saying should be on the slide!)

2.  Pictures on each slide that represent the information

3.  Make the font and color scheme visible for students

4.  Make it well organized!

5.  You can: Include 1-2 short <4 min clips that exemplify your topic

6.  Create cards for each slide-you will be telling the class important facts they must write down that are not on the slide but relate to the topic

Choose one of the following as part of your project:

1.  Create a poster display of the artwork/photos that shows how it evolved/the different styles. Include in your presentation.

2.  Create a photostory/timeline: A timeline of what occurred based on photographs. You will show this at the end of your presentation to review with the class. Make sure to explain the purpose of each photo.

3. Create a video or audio and include the video or audio in your PowerPoint presentation

4. Create a scrapbook of art that demonstrates how your topic impacted society or shaped the public’s opinions. Include in your presentation.

5. Create and perform a song about your topic and include in your presentation.

6. Create a short journal, diary or blog about your topic and include in your presentation.

7. Create a political cartoon about your topic and describe its message and how it shows the 5 elements of a political cartoon. Include in your presentation.

Task Four: On the day of the presentation

You will be required to present on your ASSIGNED date. Both partners are required to be present on presentation day. You will be scored on the following:

1.  You will be graded based on the RUBRIC

2.  Pass out copies of PPT or Prezi with 3-slides per page, leaving room for notes. Prezi’s can be saved as PowerPoints then printed out!

3.  Each person must speak for an equal amount of time. You know which slides your are talking about!

4.  For each slide, ask a random student what the most important facts are to write-down on the right-side. These facts can be information the group added!

5. HAND-IN…Citation page, Cornell Notes or cards, and the addition to your ppt or prezi you created!

IF you have trouble presenting or need to work on talking to the class and not to the screen:

**Create notecards for each slide so that you can elaborate and turn them in at conclusion of presentation**