Like to Live ... When?
This lesson creates an opportunity for
students to learn more about life from the 1920s to the
1960s. Working in groups, students use the provided decade
templates as guides for researching a particular decade
and giving presentations.
Use the scenario below with the templates for each
decade that follow. The templates challenge students
to look at the political, economic, social and technological
developments of each decade from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Scenario: H. G. Wells had an
exciting concept with his time machine. Have you ever
thought about life in the past? Now’s your chance
to find an answer to the question, “If I couldn’t
live now, when would I like to have lived?” To
be sure that you’d be happy during the time you
choose, you’re going to have to find out a little
about what happened during the period politically, economically,
socially and scientifically.
Divide the students into groups and have them research
a particular decade using a whole decade template or
one section of the template. A narrower time period
can also be used within each decade.
The timeline was
created to show the political, economic, cultural and
technological developments that were made from 1900
to 1919. It can be used as a reference for students
who are beginning their study of the decades and need
information about prior history. It can also be used
as a model for timelines that they may create for their
Following the research, each group plans and makes
a presentation of its findings to the class. A Presentation
Checklist is included for group use.
Once the presentations are completed, each student
should write a report about the decade in which they
would most like to live.
Worksheets (PDF Files)
You’d Like to Live ... When?