Prohibition and the 18th Amendment Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This Prohibition activity is perfect for allowing students to interpret primary sources and understand the impact of the 18th and 21st Amendments!

The download includes a complete lesson plan on prohibition, from a warm up to exit ticket with detailed directions for the entire lesson.

After starting with an image analysis warm up, there is a secondary source reading overview of Prohibition along with 2 video links to ensure that students understand the key concepts.

Following this is a set of 10 primary source images and documents (plus one extra as a sample) for students to analyze. This can be done as stations, a galley walk, in groups, individually, or through the included Google Docs version.

Students must determine if the primary source presents an argument for or against prohibition and then explain why. The goal is to figure out the problems that resulted in the US ending Prohibition with the 21st Amendment. A chart and answer key are included for this.

Finally, students complete an exit ticket based on their analysis of the primary sources.

This is a fantastic, comprehensive lesson plan that has students thinking critically and making historical analysis of a significant period in American History. It can also be downloaded as part of my Roaring 20's & Great Depression Unit Bundle.

Thanks so much for checking it out!

Total Pages
14 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.


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