Student Handout for 1920s Scrapbook Project - US History

Student Handout for 1920s Scrapbook Project - US History
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This handout for students gives page by page directions for a scrapbook students will create as if they were someone living in the 1920s. I've had students create digital scrapbooks for free online at various scrapbook sites, and I've had students create hard copy versions - it can be up to the educator or up to students.

I have also had students randomly pick a role they will play as the scrapbook creator, or I allowed them to choose their role. For example, if they were playing the role of a flapper, they would be creating the scrapbook from a flapper's perspective. If they were playing the role of an African American during the Great Migration, they would create the scrapbook from that perspective. I've had students create scrapbooks from an immigrant child's perspective, a returning WWI veteran, a bootlegger, a gangster, etc. I have also assigned this project to groups, with each member of the group assigned as one member of a family. Thus, every group member was responsible for their own scrapbook, but their scrapbook storyline had to follow the other members of the family. For example, if one student was playing the father in a group and another student was playing the son in the same group, then the son could not create a scrapbook as a wealthy banker's son, if the father in the group was actually a farmer. There is a lot of room to adapt the project to your class and your students' needs.

It took students about 2 weeks to complete with about 30-40 minutes of each class dedicated to the creating and research. Prior to assigning the project, we analyzed primary sources related to the 1920s, and students took notes on the 1920s. The final project is approximately 20 pages (one-sided).

Student feedback provided suggested this was a fun project which reinforced learning about the 1920s and offered an infusion of creativity.
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