This unit can be used in a variety of ways.
For teachers looking to supplement a unit on the 1920s and want a way to include a writing component, this product will work perfectly.
For teachers looking to connect a book about the Prohibition, 1920s, or the Mob or Mafia with an informational article and a research project, this is the unit for you!
This unit includes the following:
*A short, 3 page article describing the rise of the Mafia in America and the development of the notorious American gangsters that are still recognized today. Discussion about the Prohibition, J. Edgar Hoover's involvement, and even the weapons and cars favored by gangsters such as Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel.
*Analytical reading check questions at the end of the article.
*A vocabulary activity to help students connect some of the higher level words in the article with words they know. Students can build their understanding of the words and how they work in context.
*Cover Page for due dates and an explanation about why conducting a research paper is important.
*Writing Guide #1 asks questions that are intended to help students find the information necessary to create an interesting research paper. These questions help students who are unsure of what is important and how to include facts with interesting details from their sources. There is also a section to help students find quotations from their sources to include in their final draft. It also helps students with their Works Cited page by providing up-to-date MLA information for online articles and examples of what to do.
*Writing Guide #2 helps students take their answers and transform them into a written format that reflects a more formal writing style. There are tips for students to remember in each section and this helps students organize their thoughts and information.
*List of 32 well-known gangsters from the 1920s, some of whom are well known and some who were well known in their area and have since faded from our collective memories.
*Wanted Poster template for students to provide a visual of what their gangster looked like. It is a fun activity that connects what they researched with what a poster might have looked like from the 1920s.
*Biography grading rubric for teachers to help streamline their grading.