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Part I

1.  Choose a character you wish research from the 1920s from the list below.  No two students can be the same person! Your character must be approved by the teacher.  This means he/she must RSVP for the reunion!  An email was sent out previously by the teacher.  In order to RSVP you must respond to the email with your character's name.  If you get an email back confirming your reservation, then you have been approved to attend and may begin your WebQuest.    

Characters are organized by topics.  Although you are only researching one person, your podcast segment will as a group.

Topics and famous people of the 'Roaring 20s':

Group 1 - Jazz (Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong

Group 2 - The Flapper (this is the only character where more than one student can choose)

Group 3 - American Heroes (Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Gertrude Ederle)

Group 4 - Movies/Radio (Charlie Chaplin)

Group 5 - Art and Literature (there are tons!  Here are a few.  E.E. Cummings, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Sinclair Lewis, Georgia O'Keefe)

Group 6 - The Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay.  You may also choose to research a famous theater and act as the manager for that theater during the 1920s).

Group 7 - Prohibition (A bootlegger, an owner of speakeasy, Al Capone)

These are not nearly all those famous to the 1920s.  I encourage you to find someone not on the list!  Check out the links below for more people from the 1920s.

Part 2

1. Begin your research.  As you go, record important information that you plan to talk about in your podcast on the organizer provided in the link below.

The graphic organizer is meant to guide you in your research and organize your thoughts and ideas.  You must turn your organizer in with your podcast segment.  It is important that you use this so it becomes easier to organize the information you will use in your segment on the podcast.

Graphic Organizer

Part 3 

1. Create your segment of the class podcast! Directions for completing your podcast segment:

*Step 1:  Organize your research in the way you want to talk about it on the podcast.

*Step 2:  Record your information on a digital audio recorder provided by me.  Remember to talk slow, speak clearly, and in FIRST PERSON.  You are your person!  Your podcast segment must be approximately 3-5 minutes long.

*Step 3:  Get together with others from your topic.  If you are a flapper you would want to get together with other flappers; if you are a person from the Harlem Renaissance, you would want to get together with others specific to the Harlem Renaissance, and so on.  During this step you will discuss with your group what is similar about the people you researched and what is different.  Then you will pick the order in which you will speak for your segment of the podcast.  Pick one person to do an intro that outlines your topic and one person to give a conclusion.

*Step 4:  Once you have completed your segment of the podcast, turn it in to be graded and I will provide you with feedback for improvement.

*Step 5: Resubmit your revised segment.  I will compile the group segments into one class podcast and publish it on iTunes.

*Step 6:  You are almost done.  Remember for the reunion you must come dressed up and act as your character.

Below are links to important websites that will help you with your research.  They are organized by topic.

All that Jazz (the Jazz Age):

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington Take it Easy 1928

Louis Armstrong (pictured above)

Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World

The Flapper:

Flappers of the 1920s

Flapper culture and style (typical Flapper fashion pictured above)

Flickr photo of 1920s flappers

Google Images of flappers

American Heroes:

Lucky Lindy

Amelia Earhart (pictured above)

Sports Heroes:

Sports Heroes of the 1920s

Jim Thorpe

Babe Ruth (pictured above)

Gertrude Ederle

The Mass Media:

The 1920s radio 

Media by Decade

Charlie Chaplin IMDB (pictured above)

Charlie Chaplin PBS

Charlie Chaplin Boxing YouTube

Chalie Chaplin Youtube

Art and Literature:

Literature of the 'Roaring Twenties'

E.E. Cummings

F. Scott Fitzgerald (pictured above)

Gertrude Stein

Sinclair Lewis

Georgia O'Keefe

The Harlem Renaissance:

Overview of the Harlem Renaissance

Langston Hughes (pictured above)

Claude McKay

James Weldon Johnson

The Apollo Theater

The Cotton Club



Bootleggers and Speakeasies

Article from the NY Times on Speakeasies today

Al Capone (pictured above)