Unit 4: Introduction Lesson
AMERICA GOES WILD!
The Roaring Twenties Overview
I can list the major issues and events in the 1920s.
READ ABOUT IT
Directions: The first thing you need to do is read about the Roaring Twenties. Make sure that you are looking for the major issues and events of the 1920s during the reading.
The Roaring Twenties
Another controversy during the Roaring Twenties was the idea of evolution. Evolution is a theory of the scientist Charles Darwin. Darwin believed that living things gradually changed over a long period of time into a different and better form. One of the things Darwin suggested is that humans evolved from apes. This controversy brought national attention to one high school teacher named John Scopes. Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution to high school students and, the Scopes Monkey Trial would determine whether teachers in the future could teach Darwin's theory or not.
The presidents of the 1920s all had different ideas about how the government and economy should be handled in the United States. Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover all were very different presidents who took the country in different ways during their presidencies. Warren G. Harding was involved in several scandals from bootlegging alcohol to the White House during Prohibition to the shocking Tea Pot Dome Scandal involving illegal use of federal oil reserves.
Calvin Coolidge was a quiet, stern president that believed in laisseze-faire economics. Laissez-faire is a french words that means, let people do as they choose. Laissez-faire economics is the belief that the government should not interfere in the economy of a nation in any way. Herbert Hoover was the president at the end of the 1920s during the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 sent the nation into the Great Depression.
Directions: The second thing you need to do is show that you understand what you have just read. In your small groups, answer the questions below in your Introduction Lesson - America Goes Wild Lesson Chronicles, under the Explain It Header. We will discuss these as a whole group when you have completed these in your small groups.
1.) Which of the following best states the central idea of this passage?
- A.) The Roaring Twenties was a hard time in American history where people lost all of their money in the stock market and suffered through the Great Depression.
- B.) The Roaring Twenties was a time of panic in American history when people feared communism and socialism.
- C.) The Roaring Twenties was an exciting time in American history when the economy was successful and there were a lot of changes in culture and society.
- D.) The Roaring Twenties was a time of responsibility in the United States where people banned alcohol and made new laws and policies to keep people from being so wild.
2.) Which of the following best states the purpose for this passage?
- A.) The main purpose of this passage is to inform. The author lists and briefly describes the major issues and events of the Roaring Twenties.
- B.) The main purpose of this passage is to persuade. The author presents his or her point of view about the Roaring Twenties and tries to convince the reader that it is the correct point of view.
- C.) The main purpose of this passage is to entertain. The author tells a fictional story about the Roaring Twenties for the reader to enjoy.
- D.) The main purpose of this passage is to express feelings. The author is telling about how he feels about the issues and events of the Roaring Twenties.
3.) Traditional roles are jobs, behaviors, attitudes, and activities that certain groups of people are expected to have or do. Which two groups of people broke away from traditional roles in the 1920s?
- A.) Socialists and Communists
- B.) Women and African Americans
- C.) Presidents and Returning Soldiers
- D.) Teachers and Scientists
4.) John Scopes taught the theory of evolution even though it was illegal under Tennessee law to do so. What can you infer about John Scope based on this statement and the reading passage?
- A.) John Scopes was forced to teach the theory of evolution by the principal of the high school where he taught even though it was against the law.
- B.) John Scopes did not know it was against the law to teach the theory of evolution to high school students in Tennessee.
- C.) John Scopes was trying to trick high school students into becoming socialists or communists by teaching the theory of evolution.
- D.) John Scopes felt that it was important to teach the theory of evolution to students even if it was not accepted by the majority of people.
Directions: The third thing you need to do is break down what you have read. In your small groups, create a list of the major issues and events of the Roaring Twenties in your Introduction Lesson - America Goes Wild Lesson Chronicles, under the Analyze It Header. We will discuss these as a whole group when you have completed these in your small groups.
Directions: The fourth thing you need to do is create something with what you learned. In this activity, you will create word art, like the one below, using vocabulary words, issues, and events in this lesson. To get started, first read all of these directions completely!
1.) Create a Pages Document
- Open a Pages document on your macbook to type your list.
- Choose vocabulary words, issues, and events that you feel play an important role in the Roaring Twenties.
- Type each word, term, or phrase and then press enter after each one.
- When you are finished, save the document as your first name, last name, and the word tax. For example, if your name is John Cena. You will click save and type in: johncenatax.
- In your Pages Document, Click on File.
- Scroll down to export as and select Plain text.
- Save the plain text document to your desktop, the same way you saved the Pages document, first name last name, tax.
- After reading all the directions, click on the Tagxedo icon below.
- On the Tagxedo site, click on the word Create.
- Then click on the word Load.
- When the box opens, click on the word Browse.
- Find your word list that is saved as a Plain Text Document and select it to load the list.
- When your words appear in the screen, you can begin designing.
- Click on shape to change the shape of your word art. You can find a black image on Google images to insert your own image. Raise your hand if you want to do this and need help.
- Click on theme to change the color scheme of your word art.
- Click on font to change the way the words look on your word art.
- When you are finished designing your art, click on save/share.
- Select 1MP JPG and save your art the same way you saved the other things. First name, last name, tax.
- It takes a few minutes to download.
- Insert the group flash drive.
- Move the icon of your word art the plain text word list to the icon of the flash drive on your desktop.
- Your list and word art are now saved to the flash drive.
- Move the icon of the flash drive to the trash icon on your desktop.
- When the icon of your flash drive disappears from your desktop, it is safe to remove the flash drive and give it to a neighbor.
You can now click on the icon below and get started.
Directions: The last thing you need to do is to prove that you have met the lesson target. Click on the lesson target icon below to complete the Prove It Activity.
You have completed the Unit 4 Introduction Lesson - America Goes Wild.