Lesson

Life In The Roaring Twenties

Lesson Overview

Students will be immersed in the music, dance, culture and history of the Roaring Twenties in this infotainment-style program. Entertainers and teaching artists Gracie and Lacy engage students through performance and interactive activities, such as learning The Charleston dance.

Duration
Less than 1 hour
Lesson Type
Traditional Lesson

Essential Question

How does life different in the Roaring Twenties compare to the present?

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Social Studies

Optional Activities:

Activity 1: Then and Now

  • Students will identify objects around them that would not have been invented in the 1920s.  They will create and compare / contrast two drawings.  One scene will show the student living in the present day, the other scene will show the student living in the 1920s.

Activity 2: Dance, Dance Dance!

  • Teacher will prepare a playlist of music highlighting different genres and eras of music, including 1920s era music.  
  • Students will improvise dance moves to each style and discuss how rhythm, instrumentation, and melody from different time periods influenced dance and movement styles.

Activity 3: Women's Vote

  • Teacher will facilitate a classroom vote (i.e. color to paint classroom, class official snack, playground name, etc.)
  • Students will create and cast ballots. The first vote will reflect only male voters as Americans experienced prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The second vote will reflect all students. The class will discuss how the outcomes differed.

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Lesson Created By: Gracie and Lacy, Daughters of the American Revolution Rebecca Motte Chapter

Lesson Partners: ETV Education