The Roaring '20s Unit & Great Depression Unit - Roaring Twenties Curriculum Plan

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Learning Objective

Students will learn about the Roaring '20s & Great Depression era.


This curriculum unit includes 6 The Roaring Twenties lessons & The Great Depression lessons for 6 weeks of instruction & includes a printable & digital version. Some components are editable so you can tweak it to your students’ needs. Audios of the reading passages, quizzes, & tests are included. This is perfect for students with read-aloud accommodations. 

The included Roaring ‘20s and Great Depression lessons help you easily integrate literacy with your social studies content with graphic organizers that focus on one specific reading skill per organizer, & students will be analyzing primary documents.

This Roaring Twenties & Great Depression curriculum unit can be used as a stand alone in the classroom and as a homeschool curriculum.

It includes these 6 The Roaring 20s lessons & The Great Depression lessons:

⭐️ Post WW1 Issues lesson

⭐️ Economic Boom of the 1920s lesson

⭐️ Culture of the 1920s & 1930s lesson

⭐️ Causes of the Great Depression lesson

⭐️ Life During the Great Depression lesson

⭐️ The New Deal lesson

This Roaring Twenties Unit & The Great Depression Unit includes:

✅ 6 editable PowerPoint presentations that cover the 1920s & the Great Depression era that can be used to facilitate discussion or have students take notes (PowerPoint presentations include carefully curated videos & links that will enrich the lessons)

✅ 6 slotted notes sets so students can focus on recording the important information from the PowerPoint presentation. Editable slotted notes included!

✅ 6 informational reading passages about the Roaring Twenties & the Great Depression (There are TWO versions of the reading passage included. One is the "paper saver" version for when you have to limit your copies. The other is the "note-taking" version which has enough space for annotating and taking notes. This version also includes bolded headers for the different sections!)

✅ 24 reading comprehension activities (4 per lesson): Includes key terms, dates & events, data analysis, significant people, political cartoon, literary works, and a literacy connection. Three of the four activities PER lesson have two levels: a basic recall and an application of knowledge.

✅ 6 quizzes for each of the 1920s & 1930s lessons included

✅ editable study guide

✅ editable unit test

✅ editable modified test

✅ answer keys for all components

✅ digital version of all components (Google & Easel)

✅ self-grading Google Forms version of quizzes, unit test, & modified unit test

✅ audio of reading passages, quizzes, unit test, & modified test (perfect for read-aloud accommodations)

✅ teacher's guide with suggested pacing map

PLUS these Roaring Twenties & The Great Depression activities:

⭐️ 6 graphic organizers 

⭐️ 10 Roaring Twenties & Great Depression interactive notebook foldables

⭐️ 6 The Roaring '20s & the Great Depression primary source analysis pack

⭐️ 73 Roaring Twenties & the Great Depression vocabulary word wall cards pack

⭐️ 6 Roaring '20s & Great Depression Stations

⭐️ The Great Depression Simulation- Life of a Farmer 

Additional ways you can use The Roaring Twenties lessons & The Great Depression lessons:

⭐️Limited on copies or paper? Every component of this lesson is ready-to-go on Google & Easel, so you can easily assign to your students. The quiz is also available on Google Forms, and I include explicit directions on how to assign and tweak (if desired) for your students. The quiz is also self-grading!

⭐️Short on time? Simply give students the reading passage, and they can complete the reading comprehension activities independently. All information needed for the activities is contained in the reading passage! These can also be used for homework.

⭐️Perfect for sub plans! These lessons require ZERO prep for substitute plans. Students can easily check their own answers with the included answer keys.

What teachers are saying about The Roaring 20s Unit & The Great Depression Unit:

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Perfectly placed, professional video clips, google ready, not one typo in any product. Very fairly priced.  This one product alone probably saved me 50 hours of research. Is my time worth 30 cents an hour? Yes! 

Also, The ppts/slides are really engaging, consistent and clear. And the slotted notes are perfect.  And did I mention, brief primary sources?”

❤️ “There is so much information included and my students loved taking the slotted notes instead of their own. The worksheets are great and they really make the kids think! Perfect resource!” 

❤️ “As a first year SS teacher, resources like these make planning my units so much easier. I like the layout of the materials and the activities are engaging.”

Specific reading skills in this unit are:

relationships in a text/cause & effect; unknown words & phrases; citing textual evidence & making inferences; text structure; and central ideas & summary.


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Unit 5: Age of Jackson & Sectionalism

Unit 6: US Civil War & Reconstruction

Unit 7: Gilded Age

Unit 8: Progressive Era & American Imperialism

Unit 9: World War 1

Unit 10: Roaring '20s & Great Depression

Unit 11: World War 2

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288 + 122 ppt slides
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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.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


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