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Ch 50: MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roaring 20s

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Examine these lessons to broaden your understanding of America in the 1920s. In your preparations for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam, this chapter provides a reliable resource for studying American culture, politics, and economics during this time period.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roaring 20s- Chapter Summary

In this chapter you will learn about life in America throughout the 1920s to aid in your studies for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. These lessons will address the following subjects of 1920s America:

  • Urban culture and consumerism
  • Corruption and scandals in U.S. politics
  • The 18th Amendment and Prohibition
  • Significant figures in the Harlem Renaissance
  • Reactions to the rise in nativism, the Ku Klux Klan, and the eugenics movement

These brief video lessons are each accompanied by a full transcript that highlights important terminology and a short practice quiz to help you gauge how well you understand the reviewed information. The Dashboard feature allows you to track your progress throughout the chapter and denotes how many more quizzes you have left to pass.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roaring 20s - Chapter Objectives

As part of the process of attaining certification to teach a middle school humanities course in Massachusetts, you must pass the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. Of the six content subareas tested on this exam, multiple-choice questions pertaining to history topics constitute 25%. One of the objectives of the history segment is to demonstrate an understanding of developments in U.S. society from 1877 to the present day. The content of this chapter addresses America through the 1920s with attention given to culture, politics, society, and economics, which are all topics that may be tested on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

In addition to developing your knowledge of important historical aspects of the 1920s, this chapter also enables you to practice answering multiple-choice questions on the quizzes and chapter exam, in much the same manner as the MTEL exam itself. Familiarity with the exam's format should further bolster your confidence as you prepare for test day.

6 Lessons in Chapter 50: MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Roaring 20s
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1920s American Culture: City Life & Values

1. 1920s American Culture: City Life & Values

The 1920s was a time of enormous cultural change. In this lesson, we will examine urban culture during the 1920s. We will compare urban values with those of rural locations and see how urban culture became a symbol of the decade as a whole.

American Economy in the 1920s: Consumerism, Stock Market & Economic Shift

2. American Economy in the 1920s: Consumerism, Stock Market & Economic Shift

In this lesson we will learn about the American economy throughout the 1920s. We will explore the role of consumerism and the stock market during this time, and we will learn how the prosperity of the decade came to a crashing halt.

American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal

3. American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal

Americans looked forward to the start of a new decade in 1920. They also looked for a president that would ease their fears and return the nation to 'normal,' but big business and corruption would come to symbolize politics of the decade.

Prohibition of the 1920s: Definition, 18th Amendment & Results

4. Prohibition of the 1920s: Definition, 18th Amendment & Results

The 18th Amendment outlawed all alcohol in the United States. The prohibition era defined a decade and the people of a modernizing America. In this lesson, develop an understanding of prohibition and the 18th Amendment.

Art and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance: Artists, Poets, Authors & Music

5. Art and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance: Artists, Poets, Authors & Music

In this lesson, we will learn about an artistic and intellectual movement called the Harlem Renaissance. We will identify the major figures associated with the movement and identify their contributions.

The Ku Klux Klan, Eugenics and Nativism: Definition, Movement & Social Reactions

6. The Ku Klux Klan, Eugenics and Nativism: Definition, Movement & Social Reactions

The decade of the 1920s saw older, traditional values of American society challenged by the rapidly changing Modern Age. Elements of the nation reacted to such change with fear. Develop an understanding of the reborn Ku Klux Klan, the eugenics movement and nativist sentiments of the 1920s.

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