Context: In order to appreciate historical fiction, students need to understand the factual context and recognize how popular culture reflects the values, mores, and events of the time period.
Objective: Students will be able to explain various historical and cultural influences of the 1920's era and explain how it was decade of both prosperity and conflict.(Prohibition, racism, technology, etc.) As the anticipatory set, students are asked to take a personal values inventory and rank the level of importance of certain values such as family, charity, honesty, friendship, etc. For the activity portion, the students are instructed to take notes on facts and influences so they can answer the question how and why the 1920's was an era known for prosperity and conflict. Writing assignment option where students imagine they are suddenly wealthy and write about a day in the life of someone like Carnegie and then return to their value list and reflect upon their personal values. I've included lecture notes and links to online historical and biographical videos and websites to the era characters like Al Capone and Aaron Douglas