New Lesson: 1920s Radio Show

As I librarian, I value collaboration and resource sharing. While I am not yet at the point where I am sharing as many resources as Larry Ferlazzo, I do want to start sharing and collaborating more online, as I try to do with my staff. Recently, a history teacher I work with came to with the fairly vague ideas “1920s,” “radio show,” and “groups of 3.” We sat down to work on making something happen. He has the expertise in history and I have more experience in both group work and podcasting, so we are able to work well together. It still needs some fine tuning and I may be adding screencasts to help the students with the technical aspects.

What you see below is the initial results of our collaboration. If you want, feel free to use or modify the lesson. Preferably, if you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments so we can possibly try to implement them as well. This is a 3-day lesson where the students are given creative control to make a radio broadcast as though they were doing so in the 1920s. It attempts to cover the following TN State Curriculum Standards by having students doing in-depth research and then learning from each other’s broadcasts.

Standards in the 1920s unit:

SPI 7.3 Recognize the progress of political and social reform in America during this era (i.e., WomensSuffrage, Regulation of food and drug, Initiative, Referendum, and Recall, protection of workersrights, Antitrust Supreme Court decisions, Muckrakers).

SPI 7.5 Recognize the new trends, ideas, and innovations of the 1920s popular culture (i.e., radio, automobile, phonograph, Prohibition, birth control, organized crime, sports).

SPI 7.8 Read and interpret a primary source document reflecting the social dynamics of the 1920s. (e.g. HarlemRenaissance, Lost Generation, Upton Sinclair).

SPI 7.9 Compare and contrast the philosophies of DuBois, Washington and Garvey.

I’ll be posting more collaborative lessons in the future as I work with teachers. Any lessons I post are always released under the Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. so you are free to use or modify them. We would really like to know what you – my personal learning network from Twitter, Facebook, my district, and the wider Internet – think and how we can improve.
1920s Radio Show

This is the survey that students will have to fill out on the project and how their group members performed.

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