It's the mother lode of all 20th Century American History research ideas. This is a bundle of ten sets of research questions that you can use in your 20th Century American history course.
Plus, all combined, there are 210 questions to use in your classroom. Each assignment is grouped by decade (1900-1909, 1910-1919, etc.) with well-detailed questions and an answer key with links to reputable web sites.
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 entire 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 "When did World War II begin?" 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."
Here is another: "Kristallnacht, the 'Night of Broken Glass,' launched a horrific series of pogroms - or attacks - on Jews in Nazi Germany. They were called Kristallnacht because of the broken glass from store windows and other businesses that littered the streets in the aftermath. What atrocities did the Nazis commit during the first pogrom beginning on November 9, 1938?"
Additional topics include: the Hurricane of 1900, the founding of U.S. Steel, the origin of the teddy bear, the Wright Brothers, the Panama Canal, the Niagara Movement, the San Francisco Earthquake, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Susan B Anthony, Henry Ford, the founding of the FBI and NAACP, Standard Oil and the Sherman Antitrust Act, the birth of the tango, the creation of the Federal Reserve, the Titanic, the first Indianapolis 500, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, the establishment of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the RMS Lusitania, Pancho Villa's raid on New Mexico, the Zimmerman Telegram, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, the Fourteen Points speech, the Hundred Days Offensive, the Treaty of Versailles, the Harlem Renaissance, the 19th Amendment, the Fatty Arbuckle scandal, the Teapot Dome Scandal, the Charleston dance, the first Winter Olympics, J. Edgar Hoover, the Scopes Trial, Babe Ruth's home run record, Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, the first "talkie" movie, the first sighting of Mickey Mouse, the "Great Stock Market Crash" and the Great Depression, Amelia Earhart's transatlantic flight, the Lindbergh Kidnapping, FDR's first election, the New Deal, Bonnie and Clyde, Wiley Post, the Dust Bowl, "Monopoly," the Social Security Act, the first Neutrality Act, the Hoover Dam, the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hindenburg disaster, "The War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, Hitler's invasions and the start of World War II, Pearl Harbor, the Manhattan Project, Mount Rushmore's completion, the Battle of Midway, Anne Frank, the D-Day invasion, "Rosie the Riveter," the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, FDR's death in office, the Battle of Berlin, Hiroshima, the founding of the United Nations, the Nuremberg Trials, Churchill's "Iron Curtain Speech," Chuck Yeager and the sound barrier, the Marshall Plan, "Dewey Defeats Truman," the establishment of the State of Israel, Alger Hiss and the Red Scare, and the founding of NATO, and quite a few more!
You may use all 210 questions in this bundle - or any combination you need - depending of course on your goals.
This zip file contains PDF versions of the assignments.
Do you need individual packets -- decade-by-decade -- instead of a massive bundle? I sell all of these files individually as well. See the links in my store:
1. 20th Century American History - 1900-1909 - 20 Research Questions
2. 20th Century American History - 1910-1919 - 20 Research Questions
3. 20th Century American History - 1920-1929 - 20 Research Questions
4. 20th Century American History - 1930-1939 - 20 Research Questions
5. 20th Century American History - 1940-1949 - 25 Research Questions
6. 20th Century American History - 1950-1959 - 21 Research Questions
7. 20th Century American History - 1960-1969 - 22 Research Questions
8. 20th Century American History - 1970-1979 - 20 Research Questions
9. 20th Century American History - 1980-1989 - 22 Research Questions
10. 20th Century American History - 1990-1999 - 21 Research Questions
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