The Roaring Twenties Objective: To gain research skills, such as evaluation of sources and thesis writing, develop knowledge about the 1920s, as well as develop creativity skills.
Assignment: Choose one of the following projects to complete for the 1920s. You will then research your 1920s topic using at least three sources (one of which is primary), develop and turn in the following:
A proper citation page
The creative element described in the project menu.
Oral Presentation of your project.
Political & Social Tension
The Red Scare & Anti-Communism: Sacco & Vanzetti Trial, Radicalism, Communism, Palmer Raids, Labor Strikes, Sedition Laws
Separation Between Church & State: Fundamentalism, Evolution vs. Creationism in education, Scopes Trial, Clarence Darrow,
The Republican Era
Harding: Normalcy, Teapot Dome Scandal, Washington Naval Conference, KelloggBriand Pact, Dawes Plan, Fordney McCumber Tariff
Coolidge: Coolidge Prosperity, low taxes, high tariffs
Hoover: Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, Black Thursday and Black Tuesday, Bonus Army
In this project students will design an interactive book that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of their topic and how it relates to the theme of The Roaring Twenties. Design a story around your research topic. It must be based on historical research; this would mean historical people, places, and events are weaved into a fictional plot. The following are required elements.
Paper that is no bigger than 81/2 X 11 inch
Illustrations can be done by hand or computer generated.
50% of the pages should include at least one interactive element (pop-up, foldout, texture, pull tab, scent, etc.)
Cover should contain Title, Author, and historical visuals that relate to the topic/story.
The first page should be a Table of Contents showing the book organization.
Time and effort must be evident in construction, spelling, and design of book.
For this project, you will create a newspaper for your topic. You are to imagine you are newspaper journalist living in a specific region of the United States (North, South, or Midwest) in the late 1920’s. Your job is to document the changes, events, and issues or the time/place with accuracy and creativity. The following are required elements:
Create a proper banner, or heading, for your paper( includes, date, price, name of paper)
Editorial (takes a particular point of view about your topic)
Letter to the Editor(personal opinion on a small matter)
Include at least 4 of the following: Weather map, advertisement, food section, religion report, Dear Abby, fashion, business report, classified ads, city life, entertainment section, interview, political cartoons from time period
In addition to the above, include a number of illustrations, map, chart, graphics, etc. related to the news stories.
All articles have headings, all pages are numbered, articles are in columns, no formatting errors, font no larger than 11 point
Time and effort must be evident in the appearance of you newspaper
For this project student will create a 3-D museum exhibit highlighting the theme of The Roaring Twenties. Each exhibit in your museum must have a written plaque that introduces museumgoers to the importance of the changes that took place in America during this time period. Each plaque should contain at least one paragraph to explain that portion of the exhibit. You must arrange each exhibit in the logical, artful way. Each exhibit of your museum must combine at least 3 graphic elements listed below. A caption should accompany each graphic element.
For this project students will produce a skit on the theme of The Roaring Twenties. Using acting, staging, costumes, and props, students will show the progression of change that occurred with your topic. The skit may be presented live or submitted on video. The following are requirements.
Must submit a type written script
Reenactments must be true to the time period.
Quotes from 1920s people who are related to your topic must be incorporated into the skit
Skit must be between 5-10 minutes long
The skit must capture the mood and emotion of the topic.
Preparation and energy should be evident in the presentation of lines (acting) of the skit.
Staging, costumes, and use of props must demonstrate a clear strategy by the director.