This unit will revolve around the 1920's through1940's in U.S. History. The 1920's are called the roaring twenties because of all the new technological and cultural advances, but the good times came to a screeching stop when the stock market crashed in 1929. The booming times became a bust as the the country's economy was stifled and millions of Americans were unemployed during the Great Depression. It took the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal to help the the U.S. recover from the depression.
The guiding question for this unit is: Is crisis necessary before change can occur?
- The 1920's were a boom time in technological and cultural gains.
- There were multiple causes of the Great Depression.
- The Great Depression was an extremely hard time to live through.
- The U.S. government was slow in responding to the economic hardships faced by American citizens.
- Roosevelt's New Deal was the beginning of the U.S. government's increased involvement in the economy and work sectors.
SSUSH16 The student will identify key developments in the aftermath of WW I.
a. Explain how rising communism and socialism in the United States led to the Red Scare and immigrant restriction.
b. Identify Henry Ford, mass production, and the automobile.
c. Describe the impact of radio and the movies.
d. Describe modern forms of cultural expression; include Louis Armstrong and the origins of jazz, Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, Irving Berlin, and Tin Pan Alley.
SSUSH17 The student will analyze the causes and consequences of the Great Depression.
a. Describe the causes, including overproduction, underconsumption, and stock market speculation that led to the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.
b. Explain the impact of the drought in the creation of the Dust Bowl.
c. Explain the social and political impact of widespread unemployment that resulted in developments such as Hoovervilles.
SSUSH18 The student will describe Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal as a response to the depression and compare the ways governmental programs aided those in need.
a. Describe the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority as a works program and as an effort to control the environment.
b. Explain the Wagner Act and the rise of industrial unionism.
c. Explain the passage of the Social Security Act as a part of the second New Deal.
d. Identify Eleanor Roosevelt as a symbol of social progress and women’s activism.
e. Identify the political challenges to Roosevelt’s domestic and international leadership; include the role of Huey Long, the “court packing bill,” and the Neutrality Act.
Read each assignment carefully for the expectations for completing, turning in, and earning the maximum points possible.
Assignment 1: Preview Reflection Blog Post: Life Changing Events
Write a blog post that supports or argues against the statement below to get you thinking about this unit.
Base your response to this statement on your own experience.
* Write a thorough post that either supports or argues against the statement above. Provide specific examples to defend your argument . Be sure to include an appropriate title for the post. Let Mrs. Siegmund know when you have published your post so that you can get your points for completing the assignment. *20 possible points.
Assignment 2: Unit 7 Four Part Vocabulary and Vocabulary Quiz
Complete a four part definition (1. the definition 2. supporting fact 3. interesting fact 4. visual) for each of the following terms associated with this unit: Prohibition, 19th Amendment, Red Scare, Scopes Trial, Harlem Renaissance, Black Tuesday, Great Depression, Dust Bowl, Hoovervilles, Franklin D. Roosevelt, New Deal, Tennessee Valley Authority
* This should be typed. Put in vocabulary section of your notebook. Must show to Mrs. Siegmund to get points for completing the assignment. You will take a vocabulary quiz after you have turned in your vocabulary assignment. 48 possible points for vocabulary assignment, and 12 points for the quiz.Assignment 3: Boom, Bust, and Recovery Visual Display
Have you ever heard the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words"? In this assignment you are going to select pictures from the boom, bust, and recovery periods you will study and create a symbolic display with those pictures. You will also type up a two sentence explanation for each picture you use explaining what the picture is of and why you chose it to represent that period. Click here to get the detailed instructions for this assignment.
*When your display is complete turn it in to Mrs. Siegmund so that she can grade it. 100 possible points.
Part I: After you complete your display you need to take pictures of your finished product and make a blog post that contains the pictures of your display. Make sure the pictures are large enough for people to see the contents of your display, and be sure that you have a picture(s) of your typed explanations too. Give your post an appropriate title
Part II. Then it is your responsibility to go to two other class mates blogs and critique their Boom, Bust, and Recovery display by posting a comment on their picture post.
Your critique should include the following:
1. Be a minimum of three sentences
2. Discuss what aspect(s) of the display you think stands out as being particularly good.
3. How effective their display was in showing what life was like in the U.S. during the boom, bust, and recovery periods and why.
After you post your pictures of your display and critique two other class mates' posts, notify Mrs. Siegmund so that she can grade your post and comments and award your points. *30 possible points.