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"Were the Roaring Twenties really 'roaring'?"
Students will gain basic knowledge about social movements in the 1920s by participating in this activity. Christian fundamentalism and the Scopes Monkey Trial are both great case studies for the turbulence of the "Roaring Twenties;" a lesson on this topic would fit well in conjunction with lessons on the Harlem Renaissance, flapper culture, Prohibition, etc. In this activity, students will reenact an excerpt from the dramatic cross-examination of defense lawyer William Jennings Bryan by prosecutor Clarence Darrow in the landmark Tennessee v John Thomas Scopes trial. After the reenactment, or as homework, students will summarize the arguments made by both lawyers and assess how they made their arguments.
This document contains a script created from the original trial transcript (1925) and a worksheet. It is fully editable.
Activity should fill a 45-minute period.
Please see my account for the PowerPoint lesson plan about fundamentalism, or to purchase a bundle of this activity and the lesson!