3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:06 The 1920's: Prosperity and Change
  • Subject(s):Social Studies
  • Days:14
  • Grade(s):11
Key Learning:

The Roaring Twenties appeared to be a time of prosperity, modern inventions, and social freedom. However, the underlying issues of prejudice, corruption, and poor business practices silenced much of the "roar" by the end of the decade.

Unit Essential Question(s):

How did the political, social, and economic issues of the 1920's bring the nation great prosperity and at the same time establish the causes of the Great Depression?


A number of political and social issues arose in the aftermath of Pogressivism and war.


The policies of Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover created a good climate for business growth.


In the 1920's, Americans of all races and socio-economic groups saw vast changes in the culture, morals and social activities of the society around them.

Lesson Essential Question(s):

What is Communism; what was the government's response to its potential spread?


How did the influx of immigrants influence government policies and citizen activism?

What issues divided labor and management in the 20's which led to the rise and volitility of union activity? (A)

Why do you think Americans were afraid of anarchists and communists? Cite examples.


How did the Great Migration change the lives of African-Americans, both in good and bad ways?


How did the passing of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Amendments influence the political and social climates?

Lesson Essential Question(s):

What scandals plagued the Harding Administration? Why do you think they were so common?


How did the pro-business attitudes of the Republicans Presidents of the 1920's influence both domestic and foreign policy?


What industries and business management models dominated this era?


What actions did industries take to suppress unions?


How did the U.S. economy change from the 20's through 1929 and what impact did these changes have on the American people?

Lesson Essential Question(s):

How did the automobile change American lives and lifestyle?


How did the workplace change in the 1920's and what caused the growth of white-collar jobs?


What impact did advertising, credit and the growing youth culture have on American lifestyles?


In what ways did the Harlem Renaissance change American thinking?


The 1920's was an era of change. Using the examples of religion and immigration, explain how change can bring conflict to a society.

Additional Information:

AMERICAN ODYSSEY, Ch. 11-12. DBQ Project unit "Prohibition: Why Did America Change Its Mind?"

Maps, charts, graphs, political cartoons, photographs

History Alive, United Mainstreaming, Art, jazz recordings, literature from the Harlem Renaissance, graphic organizers


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Vocabulary Report

  • nativism -
  • Prohibition -
  • Teapot Dome Scandal -
  • speakeasy -
  • "return to normalcy" -
  • isolationism -
  • Dawes Plan -
  • flapper -
  • Palmer Raids -
  • credit -
  • Communism -
  • bootlegger -
  • price support -
  • Red Scare -
  • fundamentalism -
  • speculation -
  • Ku Klux Klan -
  • anarchist -
  • Harlem Renaissance -
  • immigration -
  • disarmament -
  • industrialist -
  • Kellogg-Briand Pact -
  • Sacco and Vanzetti -
  • quota system -
  • scientific management -
  • strike -
  • tariff -
  • white-collar workers -
  • Great Migration -
  • industrial productivity -
  • scandal -
  • capital -
  • race riots -
  • oligopoly -
  • prohibition -
  • Volstead Act -
  • welfare capitalism -
  • TVA -
  • suffrage -
  • Public Works Administration -
  • Carrie Chapman Catt -
  • Alice Paul -
  • NIRA -