SELLER’S NOTE: before you purchase this lesson, please be sure that you can access the ‘Homer vs. the 18th Amendment’ video (the Simpsons Season 8, Episode 18) as it is necessary for completion of the lesson. You can access the video for free at the Simpsons World website
if you log in with your cable provider, or it is available for $1.99 on Amazon streaming.
(episode #2 of the compilation)
This lesson uses the Simpsons episode ‘Homer vs. the 18th Amendment’ to teach US History students about Prohibition in the 1920s and the use of satire. Students have a short discussion about satire, complete a reading on Prohibition, view the Simpsons episode using a viewing guide, then respond to a writing prompt emphasizing the satirical elements of the episode and contrasting them with the actual experience of Prohibition. I have successfully used the lesson with both on-level and AP US History students.
Keywords: 18th Amendment, 21st Amendment, American History, AP US History, Prohibition, US History, Volstead Act.