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Girls hockey

[Detail] Girls hockey

Lesson Overview

Students research entertainment and recreation in the early 20th century using the American Memory collections. Students then compare the rural experience for this time period to the national experience and to their own experience. While this lesson is about recreational activities, it is also about being a teenager in the 1920s and 1930s.


Students will:

  • learn the difference between primary and secondary sources;
  • understand and use research methodology, including online primary sources;
  • identify key search terms and use synonyms in searching for other examples of recreation and entertainment in addition to those viewed in class; and
  • express ideas in writing


Time Required

Three to five classes

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 9-12


  • City & Regional History
  • Sports, Recreation & Leisure


  • Great Depression and WWII, 1929-1945


Dawn Jaeger & Marla Johnson