Jazz Age Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What was the Jazz Age and how did it represent changes in American culture? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts for students. An activity connects students with the tone of the time.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the Jazz Age
  • list the key characteristics of the Jazz Age
  • explain the phenomenon of the flapper
  • discuss the events that led to the end of the Jazz Age


1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • An audio clip of 1920s jazz music
  • Paper copies of the text lesson History of the Jazz Age
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Poster board
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • The Jazz Age
  • Prohibition
  • Speakeasies
  • Flappers
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Stock Market Crash of 1929

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