by: Alexa M.
On March 10th, 2017 eighth grade teachers Mrs. Menuzzo (English teacher) and Ms. Vasilakopoulos (Social Studies teacher), hosted a 1920’s “party” to celebrate the end of their 1920's combined unit. The goal of the party was to have the students experience and learn more about what life was like in the 1920’s.
During the weeks leading up to the party, each student was given a choice about what topic in the 1920’s they would like to complete a research paper and tri-fold board about. Some of the topics included: new women of the 1920s, art and literature, youth culture, communication and consumerism, music, new technology, sports, and organized crime. Also, each student was either assigned a person or they got to choose their person to research about based on the topic they chose. The students then completed a three body paragraph essay about their topic for Social Studies, and the second body paragraph was about the person they were assigned in English class. After the research paper was handed in, the students each had three periods as well as time at home to create a tri-fold board explaining the importance of their topic. They also had to prepare a four minute presentation to perform at the party and a little project to “bring” to the party, based on what topic they had.
At the party, all of the groups each had their own unique presentations. For example some of the music groups played jazz pieces, one of the art and literature groups read aloud poems they created to match the time period of the 1920’s, one new technology group brought in ads for the new technology in the 1920’s, organized crime groups brought in the layout of speakeasies, and many other things.
Overall it was a really great experience, one that I think many other eighth graders would enjoy if the tradition were to be continued.