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Looping the loop, Atlantic City

[Detail] Looping the loop, Atlantic City

Lesson Overview

An analysis of leisure time activity in the early 20th century.

After completing the introductory lesson using photographs as primary sources, students compile their own albums based on a thesis statement about life in the 20th century.


After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze documents, records, and data (such as artifacts, diaries, letters, photographs, journals, newspapers, historical accounts, etc.);
  • formulate historical questions and defend findings based on inquiry and interpretations;
  • develop perspectives of time and place, including the construction of various time lines of events, periods, and personalities in American history; and
  • communicate findings orally, in brief analytical essays, and in a comprehensive paper.


Time Required

  • Two classes

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 9-12


  • Culture & Folklife
  • City & Regional History


  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929


Charlotte Bruce & Helen Stephan