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Turn of the Century: A Dear America Activity

Scholastic’s articles, interactive scrapbooks, images, and more give students a unique perspective of this volatile time in U.S. history.




Activity Type

  • Computer Lab Activities

In Scholastic’s “Dear America: Turn of the Century” learning activity, students find out what life was like in America during the early 1900s, a particularly tumultuous time in our history.

  • About the Era shares how this era began with the assassination of President McKinley, then faced World War I, the women’s suffrage movement, a flu epidemic, and the Progressives, a group of people who actively fought against big corporations for the common people.
  • The Downloadables section includes dozens of links to articles from the Library of Congress, including material on the Titanic, World War I, the Shaker community, and more.
  • Whiteboard-Ready Slides share images from the early 1900s, including many of the Titanic, the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-1920, the Shaker Community of Sabbath Day Lake, and more.
  • Students can read books from the Dear America series, including fictional diaries “written” by Margaret Ann Brady, a survivor of the Titanic, and Lydia Amelia Pierce, survivor of the flu epidemic.
  • Students can get to know the authors of the Dear America series.

Various online students activities include:

  • 30 easy, delicious recipes for students to try, including Margaret Ann Brady’s Toffee and Hot Chocolate.
  • 22 arts and crafts, including Margaret’s Cameo Necklace and Pressed Flowers.
  • An article on the opulent clothes from the Edwardian Period (around 1912), from high-heeled shoes to wide-brimmed hats. Also included are paper dolls, which students can print, cut out, and mix and match!
  • An interactive Room in Time lets students decorate a room with common Turn-of-the-Century objects, from wallpaper to tables.
  • Student can explore the interactive fictional Scrapbooks of Margaret and Lydia, which offer a very personal view of what life was like for young people during this era.

Susan Cheyney

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