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1920s Slang Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about the lifestyle and language used in the 1920s with this lesson plan. Students will use two text-based anchor lesson to read about the fashion and slang of this era, discuss concepts, then apply to an engaging project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to

  • explain the culture of the 1920s 'Jazz Age'
  • describe specific characteristics of the 1920s such as flappers and slang
  • demonstrate understanding of domain vocabulary in discussions

Length:

1.5 - 2 hours

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Jazz Age
  • Flappers
  • Art Deco
  • Prohibition
  • Speakeasies
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • Factory jobs
  • The 19th Amendment
  • Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Short dresses
  • Accessories
  • 'Bob'
  • Makeup

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • 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.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • 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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