Technology of the Early 20th Century




a. Lesson Objectives: Students will understand the changes in technology during the early twentieth century.
b. SOL/ Gardner:
  • STANDARD USII.5a The student will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and technological changes of the early twentieth century by explaining how developments in transportation (including the use of the automobile), communication, and electrification changed American life.
  • Interpersonal Intelligence will be used when the students argue their case for their radio inventor. Intrapersonal Intelligence will be used in deciding their assembly line’s best production output method.
c. Essential Question:
  • How does the emergence into the modern age leave Americans wishing for simpler times? How does society change during this time in terms of technology?
d. Activities:
  • The class would begin by having students think and then verbalize how electricity and technology has impacted their lives – what they could do without
  • Lecture using the attached PowerPoint, interjecting the group activities during the lecture at appropriate times.
  • Group work consists of talking to peers to answer several of the questions posted in the PowerPoint, working together on the assembly line project to create s’mores in the most productive way, analyzing their output and working together to argue, using internet linked reading, who invented the radio.
  • The lecture will continue after the group work projects completed and end on a question to ponder of what may happen next in history
  • The students will be evaluated by seeing which group argues their radio inventor the most accurately and how well they employ the use of “one person one task” from the assembly line project
e. Materials: Websites, that link to the biographies of the radio inventors (computers, projection tool for PowerPoint), food materials for the s’mores activity, personal narratives of Great Migration
f. Assignments: Reading personal narratives from African Americans traveling during the Great Migration to lead into Harlem Renaissance discussion in the next class