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USA 1919-41

New York Construction Workers Lunching on a CrossbeamEntire 1920s USA lesson package. Save your self hours of work and worry. Download our 11 enquiry 1920s package. It has been planned and taught in real classrooms and has been  proven to inspire and challenge. More…


Ford Assembly lineWhy was there an economic boom? This enquiry aims deals with causation and the  1920s boom  It helps students with explanation, links and relative importance. It also uses lovely hexagons
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League of NationsWho shared in the US economic boom? This lesson offers an overview of wealth, poverty and prejudice in 1920’s America by introducing students to a series of historical characters.

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Henry_ford_1919How should we remember Henry Ford? A cracking enquiry looking at the significance of Henry Ford, great use of video and other easy to use resources. A must for any USA course worth its salt! 
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FilmsHollywood cinema scandals: Can you predict the contents of the Hays Code? This enquiry allows your students to look at moral issues in 1920’s Hollywood by analysing film clips. Fab! 
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Gatsby_1925_jacketHow far is the character Daisy Buchanan representative of American women in the 1920s? Using the fictional character from The Great Gatsby, can your students use evidence about real women to answer the big question? 
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SacvanWere Sacco and Vanzetti innocent? Using a Woody Guthrie song about the two anarchists as a hook, can your students decide for themselves if the two men were guilty?
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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWhy did the village of Rosewood disappear? Can your students find out what  happened to Rosewood village and why? This shocking event is handled with expertise here.
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68394-004-C6B36CCBWhat was The Monkey Trial? Can your students find out what this famous trial was all about by using visual sources? Simple 
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prohibition Why did prohibition fail? From “Your horse has diabetes” to Al Capone and police corruption, the reasons for the failure of Prohibition are varied. The lesson  explores these reasons and develops and practises key examination skills.  More…


Al_Capone_in_FloridaDoes Al Capone Embody the American dream? This quirky lessons looks at the career of Capone and considers whether it shows us what the American dream really was.
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Picture1What can a cartoon from 1927  tell us about the American collapse of 1929? Classic use of an interesting cartoon to get your students to look at the many reasons why the economy collapsed. 
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Russell_Crowe_in_Cinderella_Man_Wallpaper_11_1280The Cinderella Man: a metaphor for 1920s America?  Put a human face on the Depression with boxing and music. The engaging tale of boxer James Braddock asks students to consider Braddock as a metaphor of America 1919-41.
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article-2206050-0059AA091000044C-332_964x756What should go on the cover of a book about USA 1919-41? A clever summative lesson which helps your students to re-cap their knowledge of the period and consider the purpose / audience of different book covers. Simple. Effective.  More…


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