Decades Project
What are the unique characteristics of your decade?

Have you ever heard an older person comment how different things are now from when they were your age? What is it that defines our times? If you were to meet someone from the distant future, what would you share to help that person understand who we are, how we live, what makes us what we are? If you had the chance to go back in time, what clues or evidence would you look for to discover what it was like to live at that time? (//Phyllis Bartosiewicz, Cheryl Butler)

In small groups, you will explore your assigned decade from the 20th century.
  • 1920’s
  • 1930’s
  • 1950’s
  • 1960’s
  • 1970’s

Learning Objectives:
  • Students will research their decade.
  • Students will create a wiki page on the class’s wiki.
  • Students will teach the decade to their classmates.
  • Students will create and administer a 10 point quiz about their decade.

Steps:
1. “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
2. Scavenger hunt on your decade, using the pathfinder. Do this with group. This step is to introduce you to the decade.
3. Textbook work:
  • Read the chapter or chapters that pertain to your decade.
  • Recreate these columns on a piece of paper. Then, as you read, list key ideas and people in each column.


Global events
American Foreign Policy
Domestic Policy
(Politics, economics, extension of rights)
Leisure
(Arts, Sports, Fashion, Music, Literature)




  • Hand in one copy of your group’s notes.

4. Assign EDITOR roles within group.
#1: Global events editor: _
#2: American foreign policy editor:
#3 Domestic policy editor:
#4 Leisure editor:

5. Focused research on your assigned role.

6. Build wiki:
Together (This is like a website home page):
  • Timeline of your decade (3 events for each year)
  • 5 images that characterize your decade
  • A slogan that characterizes your decade
  • Paragraph introduction to the decade

Global events editor:
  • World Headlines (3)
  • World Leaders—as headlines (3)
  • Major worldwide events/catastrophes--headlines (3)
  • Choose 2 from the above and write a paragraph description of each
  • Images (at least 4)
  • Primary source (1)
  • Bibliography—at the end of your segment of the wikipage

American Foreign policy editor
  • US Presidents—as headlines (all)
  • U.S. actions abroad (3)
  • U.S. reactions to foreign events (3)
  • Choose 2 from the above and write a paragraph description of each
  • Images (at least 4)
  • Primary source (1)
  • Bibliography—at the end of your segment of the wikipage

Domestic policy editor:
  • U.S. Presidents—as headlines (all)
  • Leaders in Congress—as headlines (4)
  • Supreme Court cases—as headline (2)
  • Choose 2 from the above and write a paragraph description of each
  • Images (at least 4)
  • Primary source (1)
  • Bibliography—at the end of your segment of the wikipage

Leisure editor:
  • Books published (2)
  • Movies (2)
  • Music and/or Fashion trends (2)
  • Sports (2)
  • Choose 2 from the above and write a paragraph description of each
  • Images (at least 4)
  • Primary source (1)
  • Bibliography—at the end of your segment of the wikipage


7. Write 10-point assessment for class on your decade. (Teacher will edit/approve.)

8. Teach your decade.