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US History II
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The 1920s, Jazz Age, Roaring Twenties
The 1920s are known as The Jazz Age. We will study the history of Jazz in class to begin this unit. After we've done this, lead your own jazz band with the following link.
Use these links to study the SOL content of this topic.
U.S. II 5a
U.S. II 5b-1
U.S. II 5b-2
U.S. II 5c-1
U.S. II 5c-2
• Great Migration
• Jazz Age (Use the second paragraph.)
• Harlem Renaissance
• F. Scott Fitzgerald
• Aaron Copland
Langston Hughes H
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now—
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
• Duke Ellington
• Louis Armstrong
• Bessie Smith
• Georgia O'Keeffe (What kin
d of paintings is she known for?)
• George Gershwin
Listen to some Gershwin music by clicking on the link.
1920s Slang Or "Are You Hep. Cat?"
Last night my sheik took me to a ritzy speakeasy. Everyone in the place was a hepcat, and the music was the bee's knees. The band leader was so hep he sounded like Benny Goodman on the licorice stick. The canary sang some swell songs, and we danced until our dogs barked. That evening was the cat's meow!
What might these words mean?
gams/ dogs/ big cheese/ fall guy
cat's meow/ heebie-jeebies
licorice stick/ hep/ ritzy
sheik/ sheba/ jake
1920s Websearch. Number your paper as you complete these 20 questions. You can check the website for the correct answers but you need to write your answers on the page in your notebook. I've checked the links and they all work, although some of them may load slowly.
Readings: Read and take notes on each paragraph.
1. "The Twenties Roar" Read page 1 and page 2 of this segment.
2. "All That Jazz" This segment has only 1 page.
3. "The 1920s Were Not So Glorious" This picture essay is divided into 13 sections. Write one fact from each section's discussion.
1. Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration Series
More on Lawrence's Paintings
2. Map of the Great Migration
3. Important Cities Copy the first sentence about EACH
of the Great Migration into your notes. The cities are: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Harlem (New York), Washington, D.C.
Practice the 1920's SOLs, using these links:
Early 20th Century
Review Game/Play as a single player.
Early 20th Century, Again
Another Early 20th
US II 5a
US II 5b
US II 5c
Use the 1920s Venn Diagram to analyze the "Jazz Age."
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