Early 20th Century Unit


Looking for engaging activities and lesson plans for teaching about events such as prohibition, the Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz Age, and the Great Depression? This Early 20th Century Unit comes with detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, worksheets, passages and questions, and much more! Save time planning and your students will love learning about the events of the Early 20th Century as they complete the hands-on activities.

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Early 20th Century Unit

Early 20th Century Unit is a hands-on unit that combines history and language arts skills! Everything you need to teach a unit on the United States in the early twentieth century can be found here!

What Will I Find in This Early 20th Century Unit?

This Early 20th Century Unit includes 7 detailed lesson plans. All lessons are hands-on and incorporate literacy skills. Students will investigate–

  • inventions of the early twentieth century
  • the outcomes of improvements made to transportation
  • changes made to communication
  • the causes and effects of prohibition
  • the causes and effects of the Great Migration
  • the Harlem Renaissance
  • art, music, and literature of the 1920s and 1930s
  • causes and effects of the Great Depression
  • the New Deal

This Early 20th Century Unit also comes with:

  • 15 Worksheets
  • 11 Timeline Cards
  • 7 Close Reading Passages & Comprehension Questions: All of the passages and questions can also be shared with students digitally and completed using Google Slides.
  • 6 Group Activities: Groups activities include an assembly line activity and simulation activities.
  • 5 Entry/Exit Tickets
  • 2 Escape Room Challenges: Students will complete escape room challenges to learn about the Harlem Renaissance and the culture of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • 1 Simulation Activity: Students will complete a simulation activity to learn about the effects of the Great Depression on Americans.
  • 1 Game: Students will play a matching game to learn about famous Americans of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • 1 Research Activity: Students will research a famous American from the 1920s or 1930s.
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Final Test
  • 1 Timeline of Suggested Activities: Provides a timeline for using the activities included within this unit and provides links to websites featuring videos about concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys included throughout

Students will become fully immersed in learning about the early 20th century as they complete hands-on activities, watch video clips, and research past events!

Are Digital Resources Included?

All of the passages and comprehension questions, most worksheets, the quiz, and the test within this Early 20th Century Unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides. Video tutorials are also included to help you share interactive Google Slides with your students.

What Standards Are Covered?

While this Early 20th Century Unit is specifically aligned with Virginia U.S. History SOL USII.6, it also closely matches most U.S. History standards related to teaching about the events and people of the early twentieth century.

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Other Information:

My Harlem Renaissance Escape Room, Culture of the 1920s and 1930s Escape Room, and Great Depression Simulation are included in this Early 20th Century Unit!

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