The 1920s was a time when the social and political roles of women were changing drastically in America. This mini unit (designed for three classes with an essay assignment afterwards, allows students to explore who "The New Woman" was via the 1927 movie "It," starring Clara Bow. The students have to analyze a rigorous primary source in the form of the movie and pull out examples of changes going on in American womanhood during the decade. There are numerous examples of women living autonomous lives, taking the lead in romantic relationships, dressing differently, and more.
This includes a group JIGSAW activity centered around the 1920s comic strip "Them Days is Gone Forever," a comprehensive viewing guide for the film "It" (available on YouTube), and an essay assignment meant to be completed after the film.