Month: September 2014

DUAL: 1920s Slang assignment (extra credit)

Against all better judgement I’m offering up a chance to display some creative flare using this list of slang terms from the 1920s. Feel free to look up others.

Your assignment: Finish this opening. “It was just after 9 when John pulled up outside Dorothy’s house.”

NOTE: John and Dorothy were popular names of the 20s. I know how to use Google.

20s slang terms

NOTE: If you really want to impress, tell the story “in medias res,” which is a learned way of saying start somewhere besides the beginning, perhaps at the end and use some well-told flashbacks.

DUAL: SCOPES TRIAL

Clarence Darrow (left) defended John Scopes in the trial. More importantly, Darrow used the trial as a way to attack fundamentalism. William Jennings Bryan (right) ran for president numerous times, served as the lead prosecutor and defender of traditional values and the belief that what is in the Bible is the literal truth.

Clarence Darrow (left) defended John Scopes in the trial. More importantly, Darrow used the trial as a way to attack fundamentalism. William Jennings Bryan (right) ran for president numerous times, served as the lead prosecutor and defender of traditional values and the belief that what is in the Bible is the literal truth.

The Scopes Trial would be an example to consider in your essays on the 1920s. I have attached a short article (the same one that was in the document packet) on the trial/circus/showdown between science/academia and traditional values. The Scopes Trial

This will be one of the short answer questions on the midterm.

DUAL: 1920s(ish) Podcasts DUE Friday 9-19

Chicago Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett signs autograph for Al Capone, who was taking his son to a game.

Chicago Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett signs autograph for Al Capone, who was taking his son to a game.

DUE Date is the same for both classes. Drop them off before 3 p.m. Friday. Or e-mail.

Choose 2 of the following (My pick is Henry Ford’s efforts to carve out a Utopian society in the Brazilian rain forests). and give it a listen. Complete the assignment like the previous podcasts. The reason why I’m asking for two is because we are NOT doing an outside reading for the 1920s. I’m trying something in class. If you haven’t been making 25/25 on these, check out the examples in one of the earlier blog posts. That should help.

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Tulsa Race Riot and Black Wall Street

The Flu Epidemic of 1918

Public Enemies: 5 gangsters to know

Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds

Henry Ford build a city in the Amazon

What was the Christmas Truce?

Amelia Earheart Mystery

The Radium Girls

DUAL: Examples from Readings/Podcasts

I wanted to share with you some of the best writing from the last readings. This is what I’m looking for in your writing. All of these demonstrate an attention to detail and willingness to spend some time with the work. 

Podcast instructions: Ideally in a page I want you to take notes on the material and then spend time analyzing what you have heard. What did this do for your understanding of the period? What is your reaction to the material? How does it relate with what we are covering in class?

Readings: For the next assignment, I will asking you to give me your impressions of the 1920s based on the podcast and readings. It will require concise summaries of the readings and your own interpretations. 

Excellent Work