Roaring 20s Life

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10156

What made "The Roaring 20s" roar? Using videos, music, and the chance to be a famous 20s person, you will experience life in this crazy decade in American history!


United States

learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Have you heard music from the 1920s?

Listen to the samples below to enjoy some of the music from that time period. Though it is different from what you are used to, close your eyes and listen.

  • What instruments do you hear?
  • What is the feeling of the music?

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So, what made the 20s roar?

This music helps us get a feel of the decade -- it was big, fun, and full of dancing.

The 1920s in the United States are referred to as the Roaring 20s. It was right after World War I, and people were buying up all of the new manufactured goods that were being made through the Industrial Revolution. People were roaring with new fashion trends, big cars, the new music called jazz, and enjoying the new forms of entertainment, notably the first movie theaters.

Life was grand and big for the people living in the 1920s. Watch History Brief: Daily Life in the 1920s from Reading Through History:

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  • What did you notice from the video?
  • What were some of the new inventions from that time?
  • What were people doing for entertainment?

The Roaring 20s ended tragically with the Stock Market crash in 1929. Many of the luxurious purchases the people made were bought on credit, which they found out was not good for the economy. The Roaring 20s led to the Great Depression of the 1930s and early 40s.

Read through these 2 pages to learn more about the 1920s culture:

Roar on over to the Got It? section to join a Roaring 20s dinner party!

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