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In order to understand historical events, one must consider them within a larger historical context. In this lesson, students develop the skill of contextualization as they evaluate the Scopes Trial through five primary documents that reflect social and cultural facets of life in America during the 1920s.





Image: Photo of John T. Scopes published by Bain News Service. From the Library of Congress.

Comments:

This is an awesome lesson plan! I used it with High School juniors as an introduction to the attitudes and issues in Post-WWI America. It laid the groundwork for their understanding as they discussed the major issues throughout the decade. As a school in Texas, this lesson also led to an interesting discussion of how the pro-Scopes arguments are now being used as arguments in favor of including creationism in today's textbooks.
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