Engaging and highly visual PowerPoint with rigorous discussion questions. Political cartoons are used to spark conversation and you can practice interpretation with your classes.
This PowerPoint starts with a review about the Treaty of Versailles. Use this slide to refresh student's memories.
Then we note that the next time period to study is the "inter-war years", the times between WW1 and WW2.
Next part defines demobilization, and then the slide after that is a "think-pair-share" question that has students ask themselves what affects demobilization might have on the economy. Sample answers are provided to go over after they share their ideas.
The PowePoint then shifts gears and starts to address the Red Scare and what Americans were so afraid of.
It discusses the Russian Revolution and how Communism's appeal to workers scared many Americans.
Then some Spongebob humor is used to make your classes laugh. There is a picture of Squidward with the hammer and sickle imposed over him as he says "the gentle laborer shall no longer suffer". Then there is a Youtube link to a short clip of Spongebob and Squidward on strike with the Russian National Anthem over their strike. It's hilarious.
The last part discusses the Palmer Raids, and I paired this with my Palmer Raids: Reading and Questions assignment on my store.
The final slide you use as introduction to homework about Sacco and Vanzetti, or a in-class research-a-thon about their trial.
Let me know what you think!