Was Prohibition "nothing but trouble" as Al Capone famously asserted or was it actually beneficial to American society in some ways? Students will peel back the layers of Prohibition history as they research primary and secondary sources pertaining to this controversial era. By the end of the lesson, students will be compelled to either agree with Capone's stance on the federal government's banning of alcohol or argue against the notorious mobster by claiming that Prohibition had its value.
Throughout the lesson students will be prompted to do the following:
1) Respond to Bell Ringer questions regarding what should be done to prevent alcoholism in America after watching portions of a documentary demonstrating the struggles of an extreme alcoholic.
2) Analyze and discuss an Anti-Saloon League image.
3) Read Al Capone's stance on Prohibition and the intro into the research topic.
4) Investigate four historical sources in pairs, recording textual evidence and quotes that support opposing sides of the essential question.
5) Create a historical thesis in which you agree or refute Capone's stance on Prohibition.
5) Conclude the lesson with an exit ticket where individual students synthesize their opinions on the essential question utilizing textual evidence from the research to support their conclusions.
-Rubric and Answer Key Included!