Let’s talk about Early 20th Century Texas History!
This unit, Early 20th Century history in Texas, covers an era with some VERY important events including World War I, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, and World War II. If I could, I would spend two months on this unit, but the reality of the situation is we usually have about two weeks. So, while we want to touch on all the major events, there is really not time to go in depth. It is also important to keep in mind that everything we learn is supposed to be through the lens of how it affected Texas.
We start with WWI and the two sides of the war with this Allied and Axis Powers fold-up. In here we list the countries and major goals of each side of the war. Students tend to have a hard time grasping that as part of the United States, Texas was deeply involved in the war even though none of the war took place in the physical United States.
Next, we start our timeline fold-up. This is an ongoing activity as we reach each year throughout the unit.
I love to introduce my students to the Roaring 20s by playing some music from the 20s and having a little dance party. I ask them to guess how people felt during this time, and why they think it was such good times. We look at pictures from the fashion of the time, and sometimes have ourselves a little party to celebrate the end of the way.