Follow-Up Activity

“We Got the Goods on Him”

Newspaper Article Activity

All that Jazz: America in the 1920s
Gerald R. Ford Museum
8th Grade

Michigan Content and Standards

Social Studies
Language Arts
1. Historical Perspective
Meaning and Communication
  • 2. Comprehending the Past – M.S. #4
Content Standard #2 – M.S. #1
Contend Standard #3 – M.S. #1
Contend Standard #6 – M.S. #2
Genre and Craft of Language
Contend Standard #8 – M.S. #3

• Students will be able to identify at least one major event from the decade of the 1920s.
• Students will gain experience gathering facts and reporting on them.
• Students will gain experience writing in the form of news articles.

Teachers should begin by explaining that news reports were a major point of interest in the 1920s. Many court cases, rescue attempts, and other events that may have gone unnoticed in prior decades now gathered national attention as a result of coverage from news reporters.

The teacher should then have each student select a major event or topic from the 1920s; this can be done either by assignment or student choice. There is a list of some of the major events and ideas attached for reference and ideas. Students will need to spend some time researching their event and gathering the major points of information. Students will then report their findings in a written report, constructed in the fashion of a newspaper article.

• Teachers may consider having students break into small groups and present their articles to each other. This will allow each of them to gain knowledge from each other’s research, reinforce their own findings, and provide an opportunity to polish public speaking skills.

Some Suggested Major Events / Ideas:

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Lindbergh’s Transatlantic Flight Activities of Al Capone
The Scopes Monkey Trial The Florida Land Scandals
Review of the Harlem Renaissance Movie, Music, Radio, or Book Reviews
Babe Ruth’s Record Home Run Season Presidential Scandals of Harding
The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti Commentary on the Red Scare / Palmer Raids
President Harding’s Death in Office Activities of the Ku Klux Klan