Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity

Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
Race in the Roaring 1920’s Carousel Activity
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Teach racial issues of the 1920's in one collaborative activity. All readings have graphic organizers and vocabulary to help students along with their discussions.

Students will roam the roam in a carousel activity reading and writing their ideas about:

Table 1: the Tulsa Race Riots

Table 2: the Great Migration

Table 3: WWI protests

Table 4: Marcus Garvey

Table 5: the rise of the Klan

Table 6: and the Johnson Reed Act


Materials: Chart Paper, Colored Markers

Time: 60 minute class period

Directions:  Each group will have 7 minutes to read and answer the questions for their assigned table to learn about race in the 1920’s. 

In this activity, students are broken into 6 groups of 4 or 5 and the teacher places chart paper around the room with different questions on them, related to the readings. 

Each table starts with a different reading and is given a different color marker to write with. The marker will travel with their group around the tables. Each group has 7 minutes to read and answer the question on the chart paper at their table. They then rotate around the room to the next table reading and repeat the process (6 table readings total). You may want to try to get each group member to write their name next to their ideas so each student’s ideas are evident on the paper and all students are held accountable. When every group has written on each piece of paper, the class comes together for a whole class discussion and shares what is written at each table. During the discussion, each student will fill out their exit ticket with their new definitions.

Great activity, fantastic resources, many hours saved, all for a low price! This is meant to be used as a replacement for the textbook to help history teachers become more culturally sensitive to the gloomy past of racism in America and the histories of our student populations without having to do all the hard work of finding primary source documents. But this can be used as supplemental material to the textbook as well for a more rigors and well balanced classroom. Enjoy and please look at my other history activities and units.

CA History Standards Met

11.5 Students analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s.

2. Analyze the international and domestic events, interests, and philosophies that prompted attacks on civil liberties, including the Palmer Raids, Marcus Garvey’s “back-to-Africa” movement, the Ku Klux Klan, and immigration quotas and the responses of organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Anti-Defamation League to those attacks.

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Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
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90 minutes
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