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1920 Research Project

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Developed By

  Gloria Trumbauer
Lisa O'Green
 

Lesson Title

  1920 Research Project
 

Length of Lesson

  Two weeks
 

Lesson Unit

  The Great Gatsby
 

Grade

  9-12
 

Subject

  ELA
 

Strand

  Literature and Culture
 

Grade 2

  9-12
 

Subject 2

  ELA
 

Strand 2

  Literature and Culture
 

Materials

 

1. Computer

2. Interent access

3. Digital movie maker software

 

Abstract

 

 

Prior to reading The Great Gatsby, students worked in groups to research one aspect of the 1920s. They selected their topic, researched, and then presented their findings to the class. Students created digital movies as their final project.  
 

Big Idea(s)

 

 

The Great Gatsby takes place during the 1920s and to better understand the novel you will be researching one aspect of the 1920s.
 

Essential Questions

 

 

Research Topics

 

 

Fashions of the 1920’s

Women:

·       Research the typical woman’s outfit of the early 1900’s.

·       Research the typical woman’s outfit of the 1920’s.

·       Research what was considered fashionable in the 1920’s.

·       Compare and contrast the fashions of the 1900’s with that of the 1920’s.      

·       What new trends emerged?  What were the reasons for these changes?

·       What was the typical flapper girl?  What did she look like?   How did she act?

 

Men:

·       Find a picture of the typical man’s outfit of the early 1900’s.

·       Find a picture of the typical man’s outfit of the 1920’s.

·       Research what was considered fashionable in the 1920’s.

·       Compare and contrast the fashions of the 1900’s with that of the 1920’s.  

 

Gangsters

·       Research Al Capone.

·       Research the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

·       Research Lucky Luciano

·       Research John Gotti

·       Research Sammy “the bull” Gravano

·       Research Prohibition

 

Trials

 

·       Research the Scopes Monkey Trial and the implications of the verdict.

·       Research the Socco and Vanzetti Trial.

 

 

Music of the 1920’s/Jazz-Age

 

·       Research the different types of Jazz: Boogie-Woogie, Chicago Jazz, Urban Jazz, Society Dance Bands.

·       Research the musicians.

·       Research the popular music

·       Research the dance styles

 

 

Inventions

·       Automobile

·       Radio

·       Airplane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous People

·       Babe Ruth                

·       Henry Ford

·       Charles Chaplin

·       Harry Houdini

·       Al Jolson

·       Charles Lindbergh

·       Duke Ellington

·       Walt Disney

·       Amelia Earhart

·       Coco Chanel

·       Albert Einstein

·       Greta Garbo

·       Clarence Birdseye

 

 

 

Fads/Entertainment/Slang

 

·       Research the slang of this period.

·       Research what people did for fun.

·       Research what new foods entered the market.

·       Research what new games, toys, and fads became popular.

·       Research the fads of this time.

 

 

The Stock Market Crash

 

·       Research Black Tuesday

·       Research what brought about the stock market crash

·       Research the results of this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Objectives

 

Students will research one aspect of the 1920's in preparation for the reading of The Great Gatsby.  They will then present their research to the class. 

 

Summative Assessment

 

The Roaring Twenties Research Project

Mrs. Trumbauer’s English Class

 

For this project you and your partners will be researching one aspect of the 1920’s and then presenting your information via a Hollywood-like movie where you will be the writer, director and actor of the film.  You may also do a podcast that resembles a radio broadcast or you can write an article for a local newspaper that reports your findings.  

 

 

Step 1: Pick your group.  No more than four people per group.

 

Step 2: Pick your topic. 

 

Step 3: Begin your research.  Do not forget to utilize books.  Dig deep. 

              Find new and interesting facts on your topic. 

 

 

Step 4: Create your storyboard, script or outline (depending on which project you chose)  

 

Step 5: Rehearse/write

 

Step 6: Film your movie, record your podcast or begin your article

 

Step 7: Edit your project

 

Step 8: Showcase your final piece

 

 

Final projects will be due on April 6th.     

 

 

Be creative.   Be original.   Have fun.

 

Lesson Opening

 

The Roaring Twenties Research Project

Mrs. Trumbauer’s English Class

 

For this project you and your partners will be researching one aspect of the 1920’s and then presenting your information via a Hollywood-like movie where you will be the writer, director and actor of the film.

 

Lesson Opening Co-teaching Plan

 

Same as Lesson Opening

 

Exploration

 

Students will research their chosen topic, brainstorm with their group memebers, plan out their movie and create their movie.

Step 1: Pick your group.  No more than four people per group.

 

Step 2: Pick your topic. 

 

Step 3: Begin your research.  Do not forget to utilize books.  Dig deep. 

              Find new and interesting facts on your topic. 

 

 

Step 4: Create your storyboard. 

 

Step 5: Rehearse

 

Step 6: Film your movie

 

Step 7: Edit your movie

 

Step 8: Premier of your film

 

 

Exploration Co-teaching Plan

 

Same as exploration. 

 

Check for Understanding

 

Teacher and co-teacher will monitor progress on project and offer  advice, help, encouragement, and guidance as needed.

 

Check for Understanding Co-teaching Plan

 

Teacher and co-teacher will monitor progress on project and offer  advice, help, encouragement, and guidance as needed.

 

Closing

 

Final projects will be due on _______.   After viewing, each of the classes will recommend three films to be entered in the Film Festival Competition.  Those films will then compete for the Eisenhower Oscar.  

We will have a viewing of all the nominations and each student will vote for their favorite.  Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place winners.

 

Be creative.   Be original.   Have fun.

 

 

Closing Co-teach Plan

 

Same as closing