The ROARING Twenties! What a fun and exciting time in our nation's history. This wonderful time of artificial prosperity brought a lot of changes to American society, specifically in urban areas. It is one of my favorite times to teach, because it is a time in our history that has repeated itself, and I think will do so again. It's also a great time in history for fashion and fun, which the students seem to enjoy (who doesn't)? The nation had just gotten out of a war, the First World War to be precise, and Americans needed something positive to latch onto. Between the government trying to crack down on the people's rights (the Prohibition), and the people blatantly breaking the law (rum running and speakeasies), and women exercising the right to vote... This time in history offers a little bit of fun between the American involvement in the First World War and the Great Depression, which lends quite nicely to a break the story that is American history.
Please click here to see the unit plan for the short unit after WWI leading into the Great Depression.
Understanding by Design Unit: Civil Rights
I'm hooked on Understanding by Design. The instructor of my social sciences methods course in the credential program, teacher from Rancho Buena Vista Tim Leary, introduced us to the template he uses and it's changed the way I plan! Please check out the unit plan I created using the template he gave us.
Please click here to see the unit plan for the unit covering the Civil Rights and the Counter Culture movements.