American Identity and the Automobile
Subject Area and/or Course Title:
US History II
Targeted Grade Level:
NJ CCCS 6.1.12.D.6.a
Introductory Narrative to Lesson:
United States History II spans from Gilded Age to present day. This lesson focuses on life in the 1920s. Students will read their textbook and analyze primary and secondary sources to understand that in the 1920s the ownership of automobiles, radios, and other innovations changed how Americans lived. These specific lessons focus on the automobile, specifically the Ford. Using song in this lesson will enhance the cultural analysis in an engaging way. The songs chosen for this lesson support the essential question by focusing their attention on how automobiles became status symbols as well as a becoming an integral part of reshaping the American landscape and culture. Using song in this unit is an engaging way to involve students in learning, by listening to songs about automobiles students can better relate to how important they became to the American identity and relate that present day since songs are still written about automobiles.
Instructional Goals or Objectives:
Summarize how the car changed American culture by evaluating primary and secondary sources
We Do (Modeling)
Assessment and Evaluation:
“The Little Ford Rambled Right Along” (1915). By C. R. Foster and Byron Gay. Perf. Billy Murray. Youtube. N.p., 5 Jan. 2008. Web. 20 July 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gs_wqA8W_U>.
"Benson Ford Research Center." The Henry Ford. The Henry Ford Museum, n.d. Web. 15 July 2015. <http://www.thehenryford.org/index.aspx>.
Frost, Jack. "You Can't Afford To Marry, If You Can't Afford A Ford." Levy Sheet Music Collection. JScholarship, n.d. Web. 10 July 2015. <https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/14057>.
Walter O’Keefe. "Henry’s Made a Lady Out of Lizzie." (New York: De Sylva, Brown, and Henderson, 1928)
“Henry’s Made a Lady Out of Lizzie” performed by Happiness Boys on Come Josephine in My Flying Machine, New York: New World Records [NW233], © 1977.
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