This is a challenging set of 20 research questions for a 20th Century American History class studying the decade 1900-1909.
The questions are organized chronologically, and there are two questions per year in most cases. Here is what is GREAT about this assignment: it's fully customizable! For instance, you might use only 10 of these questions instead of the 20 in the packet. You might choose 5 of the questions and ask students to conduct in-depth research for a full-length report. The possibilities are endless!
I decided to make a research assignment that went beyond basic questions like "Which president was assassinated in 1901?" and "Which city did the Hurricane of 1900 destroy?" Instead, I opted for questions that required strong critical thinking skills and better research skills and - above all - taught an appreciation for 20th Century American history.
Here then is a sample question from this assignment: "President William McKinley was assassinated in September 1901. Afterwards, Congress informally requested that the Secret Service provide protection for all future U.S. presidents. What were the Secret Service's responsibilities prior to the McKinley assassination? It is still one of their greatest responsibilities."
Topics covered also include the Hurricane of 1900, the founding of U.S. Steel, the origin of the teddy bear, Cuba's independence, the Wright Brothers, the first transatlantic radio transmission, the Panama Canal, the St Louis World's Fair, the Niagara Movement, the San Francisco Earthquake, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Susan B Anthony, the "Locomobile," the Panic of 1907, "Fordism," the founding of the FBI and NAACP, and Robert Peary's Arctic exploration.
Included, please find the assignment and an answer key with links to reputable websites where I found these answers.
You may use all 20 questions - or any combination you need - depending of course on your goals.
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