The Roaring Twenties WebQuest

 ROARING TWENTIES WEBQUEST

 

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties! This exciting time in America led to many changes in economics and popular culture.  Also known as the Jazz Age, many changes were taking place in music, dance, and style.  The landscape of the U.S. was shifting with political and social changes.  The purpose of this WebQuest is to introduce and give background information about the 1920’s to you!

 

INSTRUCTIONS: Complete this WebQuest using the website listed below.  Fill the answers in completely and stay on task.  This assignment is worth 30 points if completed. Read the instruction paragraphs and follow along with the worksheet filling in answers to the questions.

   PART ONE 

Begin the WebQuest by building your knowledge about the decade. Follow the link to this webpage: http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/prog20/feature/index.html .

Once here read the six pages and decide whether or not the 1920’s roared or yawned based on what you’ve read. Answer the questions below (they go in order).

 

1. What was the Gross National Product in 1929? _________________________

 

2. What was the average wage per year for black sharecroppers? ____________________

 

3. What is the amendment that created prohibition of alcohol (made the consumption and sale of alcohol illegal)? __________________________

4. The Jazz Singer starred: ___________________________ 

5. Who wrote The Great Gatsby, a novel about the 1920’s darker side? _____________________________________

 

6. Motor vehicles created a relocation of people from living in the city to living in the ________________.

      

PART TWO  - http://vimeo.com/941461

 

The 1920s decade was dubbed as the Jazz Age by many largely because of the popular new music and dance that originated at this time. The popular new dance, “The Charleston,” was danced in halls across America. Take a look at the Charleston, observe the style and listen to the music.  Write your reactions below. Do you like the music? What do you think of the dance? What do you think of their style (dress)?

 

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   PART THREE  

Follow the link to the Fashion-Era webpage.

(http://www.fashion-era.com/flapper_fashion_1920s.htm)

Explore the webpage and read about the newest women’s fashions in the 1920’s. After your exploration, you must draw a picture of some of the fashion you see on the webpage. Select a dress, hat or style and showcase your artistic ability by sketching what you see. You will not be graded on how well you can draw but on effort and creativity.

   

 

PART FOUR

 Money! The average annual salary in 1925 was $1,236. How does this compare to the U.S. average salary today? Go to the inflation calculator webpage and compare 1925 to 2011.  After finding the inflation percentage type in the average salary of someone in 1925 ($1,236 under starting amount) and the inflation percentage (under rate of inflation) into the calculator. Record what the average salary of someone today would pay for an item that would have cost $1,236 in 1925. (Leave both of the months in January) 

Cost:___$1,236_____     Cost after inflation:______________   

PART FIVE 

During the 1920’s sports had become an important part of everyday society.  As the media began to hype the sports heroes, records were broken and people began to achieve heights never dreamed of in the sporting realm. You must research one sports hero of the 1920s. In your research you must find and list his/her birthday and deathday, what sports he/she played, at least THREE facts about his/her career, and also any other interesting information about that person.  You must also find a picture of this person and list the webpage here:____________________________________________________________

Some examples of sports figures of the 1920s include: Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Red Grange, Suzanne Lenglen. You may research your own person!.

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PART SIX – Extra Credit This section is extra credit, you may continue with the WebQuest. Play through the game that is listed below and record some of the information that you learned.  List any reactions or interesting thoughts you had while learning about the Roaring Twenties. 

http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/keys/games/18

 

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  You may continue on to take a peak at the Jazz Era music of the 1920’s. Record your reactions to the song playing. Read about one Jazz musician and list the facts about his/her life. http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/tbacig/studproj/is3099/jazzcult/20sjazz/  

Reactions:

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