1920s Economy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

The 'Roaring Twenties' were a time of prosperity but ended abruptly with the stock market crash. This lesson plan uses a video to teach your students about the economy and consumerism in the 1920s and their role in the market crash.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the role of consumerism and the economy in the 1920s
  • describe the events leading to the stock market crash


  • 50 minutes for lesson
  • One hour for the activity


  • Advertisements for objects your students are interested in such as electronics, cars, and clothing
  • Access to technology and the internet

Key Vocabulary

  • Consumerism
  • Installment buying
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Buying on margin
  • Black Tuesday

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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