In order for groups to run as smoothly as possible it can be a good idea to assign roles to members. Sometimes this happens naturally, but if not, assigning and rotating roles, if necessary, can be a good way of ensuring the work load is distributed amongst all members of the group.
The role of the manager is to take on the responsibility of:
- getting the group organised
- keeping the group on task
- organising tasks into sub-tasks
- making sure everyone has a chance to contribute
The role of the sceptic is to:
- ensure the group avoids premature agreement
- ask questions that will lead to understanding
- push the group to explore all possibilities
The role of the recorder is to:
- check for consensus among group members
- record the group’s solutions
The role of the conciliator is to:
- resolve conflicts
- minimise interpersonal stress
- ensure that members feel ‘safe’ to give opinions
The role of the explainer is to:
- re-emphasise the main points
- check understanding
- ensure that each member understands the task, their component and what they have to do
In this project, we will research various topics relating to life in the United States during the 1920’s.
- We will work in groups of 4-5 students to research various topics relating to life in the United States during the 1920’s.
- Each group will research a different topic.
- Research will be done in class and outside of class
- Based on your research, each group will prepare a visual presentation (Google Slides/Powerpoint) on its topic and present their findings to the class (4-7 minutes).
Your Presentation should include all the following:
1. “Visuals” such as images, posters, videos, music, etc, appropriately and effectively placed in slide show.
2. Timeline of the 1920’s noting at least SIX important events relating to your topic. (1–2 slides)
3. A Summary of your topic’s impact on American life during the 1920’s. (2–3 slides)
4. Biographical sketches of at least THREE Americans who contributed significantly to your topic. (1 slides for each individual)
For each biographical sketch, you must include:
- At least one image/photograph of each of the three profiled Americans.
- At least one significant quotation from each of the three profiled Americans.
- An audio recording and/or video clip of each profiled American, if available.
Each group member should turn in organized research notes that reflect the specific part of the presentation they contributed to.
Each member of the group must include a works cited page with AT LEAST THREE RESOURCES. Use the website www.easybib.com and format your resources in MLA style.
Women in the Twenties
[The “Flapper”, Voting Rights, New Roles in home/family/government, etc. Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger,
Frances Perkins, Aimee Semple McPherson, Margaret Mead, Nellie Taylor Ross, etc.]
African-Americans and the Harlem Renaissance
[Niagara Movement, NAACP, Marcus Garvey, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes et al, Paul Robeson,
Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker, etc.]
Prohibition and Organized Crime
[The “Noble Experiment”, Al Capone, the Untouchables, Bootlegging, Speakeasies, etc.]
The “New” Entertainment
[Movies: Rudolph Valentino, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Talkies, etc.]
[Sports: Baseball (Babe Ruth), Boxing (Jack Dempsey), Football (Red Grange), Gertrude Ederle, etc.]
[Airplanes (Charles Lindbergh & Amelia Earheart), Radios, Automobiles (Henry Ford)], modern household inventions (washing machine, vacuum cleaner, etc.)
Extremists on the Right and Left
[Ku Klux Klan, Palmer Raids, Sacco & Vanzetti, the “Monkey Trial”, etc.]
The Arts & Literature
[The Charleston, Jazz, Lost Generation Writers (Fitzgerald, Hemingway & Eliot), etc]