INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVESStudents will be able to:
• Understand the lives experienced by Americans of various social, ethnic, and economic
groups at the turn of the 20th century
• Understand the key issues facing the nation • Understand Populism and Progressivism, their limitations, and alternatives offered by
• Analyze the concerns of competing groups • Present an overview of reform during this period
Students will role-play individuals from turn of the 20th century America, using what they have learned to describe life during this period. They will present the problems and issues of concern to their character and analyze solutions to these problems.
One week for research (homework assignment); 60-minute class period
Life and Issues (copy for each student)
Prepare the list of characters. You may use the suggested list below or adapt the list to the needs of the class. The characters involved should reflect key elements and experiences from American at the turn of the 20th century.
Cut the list of characters into strips and put them into an envelope or open box.
Students will remain in their usual seating arrangement for the discussion.