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1920ís PowerPoint Presentations

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties/Jazz Age.†† The fast paced living of the time promised the realization of the American Dream for anyone that was willing to work for the pot of gold!The 20s decade was marked by greater prosperity and freedom for the average citizen.It brought about Prohibition, leading to illegal activities like bootlegging and speak-easies; and the growth of materialism, symbolized by the advent of the automobile and popular fads.This decade was like a wild ride on a great roller coaster, the ascent marked by the gay, thoughtless hilarity of passengers worshiping material wealth as the holy shrine to happiness. You and your group members will prepare and present a PowerPoint presentation based on a segment of society from the 1920ís.The presentations will be based on the following:


1.            Role of Women

2.            Prohibition

3.            Sports Mania

4.            Changing Consumer Habits / Fashions (Advertisement, radio, magazine etc.)

5.            Advent of the Movies

6.            New Forms of Transportation

7.            Harlem Renaissance and Jazz

8.            Heroes (other than sports)

9.            Fashion

10.         Family Life


These questions need to be answered during your presentation


1.            Who were the instrumental people?

2.            How did the changes transform society?

3.            How did changes create tensions in society?

Was there social tension?

††††††††††† Between Young/Old

††††††††††† Between Urban/Rural

††††††††††† Between Poor/Rich


You will need at least 7 slides in your presentation.


1.†††††††† Each slide should have a picture that relates to the thought you are trying to convey.

2.            Music needs to be incorporated into your PowerPoint because music makes the presentation much more effective.Have the music on a separate CD.

††††††††††† 3.†††††††† Also, you need to use clear, concise language to describe your idea(s) and articulate important information.



Begin your research using your text first.2nd use the handouts I give you that contain information on your topic.3rd use the library texts and the web.Collaboration time outside of school will be needed.


Your goal is a 10 minute presentation.


All group members must play a part in the presentation. There will be 3 to a group selected by you.


You and your group are the experts and teachers of your topic.Make sure you do a thorough job of teaching and engaging your fellow classmates.


The Date of your presentation is ________________________.




Power Point Quality †††††††††† 15 pts.

Quality of Info Presented†† 20 pts.

Library Preparation††††††††††††† 10 pts.

Individual Oral††††††††††††††††††††† 15 pts.

Matrix†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10 pts.


Total†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 70 pts.


1920s Day

In honor of this exciting and decadent time, we invite all of you sheiks and shebas to an authentic 20s lawn party at the Ritzy Amore Palace (Small Gym). This swanky hour of fun includes food (BBQ lunch you pay for ahead of time) and entertainment provided through student run showcases, Jazz Music by our school band, fashions show and may some dancing. Spiffy 20s attire is required for the hotsy-totsy affair. Girls come as flappers, hoofers, or gold diggers; guys come as lounge lizards, drugstore cowboys, or as a big cheese. Consider dressing as a character from the Great Gatsby.†† You can also choose to dress as famous people from the 20s.Movie stars, Sports Stars, Heroes of the 20s.(Appropriate dress and common sense required please. Gangster attire is fine, but leave the weapons at home!!!).



The following few pages include a list of ideas for 1920s attire, appropriate 20s slang that could really jazz up your presentation and the grading rubric for the powerpoint presentation.


Suggested Ideas for dressing 20s Style


Long scarves tied around mid-chest

Drop waist dresses

Long pleated dress w/ a tie at hip level

Short baby doll dresses

Pleated skirts with sweater pulled down


Dressing like a man

Fur wraps

Fur lined coats

Jewelry likes from Titanic (antique) and long strings of beads/pearls

Short gloves

Straight dresses (tunic-like)

SHOES:short-stalk heel, bows, square toed, ankle boots

HATS:Helmut-type, knit cap, flips up in front, band around head, feather boas



Striped suits

Double-breasted suits/jackets

Cuffed pants

Zoot suit (baggy pants with oversized jacket and chain)

Knickers (golfer look)

Riding pants

Straight leather jackets





Bow, scarf, thin


1920ís Slang

Ab-so-lute-ly - affirmative

Applesauce- an expletive same as horsefeathers, As in "Ah applesauce!"

Attaboy - well done!; also Attagirl!

Baby - sweetheart. Also denotes something of high value or respect.

Balled Up - confused, messed up

Baloney - nonsense!

Bearcat - a hot-blooded or fiery girl

Beat it - scram or get lost

Beat one's gums - idle chatter

Bee's Knees - An extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate

Beef - a complaint or to complain

Beeswax - business, i.e. None of your beeswax."

Bell bottom - a sailor

Berries - That which is attractive or pleasing; similar to bee's knees, As in "It's the berries."

Big Cheese - The most important or influential person; boss. Same as big shot

Big six - a strong man; from auto advertising, for the new and powerful; six cylinder engines

Bird - general term for a man or woman, sometimes meaning "odd," i.e. "What a funny old bird."

Bluenose - An excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of "the Blue Nozzle Curse."

Bootleg - illegal liquor

Breezer - an convertible car

Bronx Cheer - A loud spluttering noise, used to indicate disapproval. Same as raspberry

Bull - (1) a policeman or law-enforcement officer including FBI (2) nonsense (3) to chat idly, to exaggerate

Bull Session - gossip

Bum's rush - ejection by force from an establishment

Bump Off - To murder, To kill

Caper - a criminal act or robbery

Carry a Torch - To have a crush on someone

Cash - a kiss

Cat's Meow - Something splendid or stylish; similar to bee's knees; The best or greatest, wonderful.

Cat's Pajamas - Same as cat's meow

Chassis - the female body

Cheaters - Eyeglasses

Clam - a dollar

Copacetic - Wonderful, fine, all right

Crush - An infatuation

Dame - a female

Dapper - a Flapper's dad

Darb - An excellent person or thing (as in "the Darb" - a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check)

Dead soldier - an empty bear bottle (prohibition)

Deb - an debutant

Dogs - feet

Doll - an attractive woman

Dolled up - dressed up

Don't know from nothing - don't have any information

Don't take any wooden nickels - Don't do anything stupid

Double-cross - to cheat, stab in the back

Dough - money

Drugstore Cowboy - a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls

Dry up - shut up, get lost

Ducky - very good

Dumb Dora - a stupid female

Earful - enough

Edge - intoxication, a buzz. i.e. "I've got an edge."

Egg - a person who lives the big life

Fall Guy - Victim of a frame

Fire extinguisher - a chaperone

Fish -(1) a college freshman, (2) a first timer in prison

Flat Tire - A dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan

Flivver - a Model T; after 1928, could mean any old broken down car

Flapper - A stylish, brash, hedonistic young woman with short skirts & shorter hair

Fly boy - a glamorous term for an aviator

Frame - To give false evidence , to set up someone

Gams - A woman's legs

Get a wiggle on - get a move on, get going

Giggle Water - An intoxicating beverage; alcohol

Gin Mill - An establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar


Glad rags - "going out on the town" clothes

Gold Digger - A woman who associates with or marries a man for his wealth

Goofy - in love

Handcuff - an engagement ring

Hard Boiled - a tough, strong guy

Hayburner - (1) a gas guzzling car (2) a horse one loses money on

Heebie-Jeebies - The jitters

High-Hat - To snub

Hit on all sixes - to perform 100 per cent; as "hitting on all six cyclinders"

Hooch - Bootleg liquor

Hood - hoodlum

Hoofer - Dancer

Horsefeathers! - an expletive ; same usage as applesauce

Hotsy - Totsy - Pleasing

Iron - a motorcycle

Jack - money

Jake - OK, as in , "Everything is Jake."

Jalopy - Old car

Jane - any female

Java - coffee

Jitney - a car employed as a private bus. Fare was usually five cents; also called a "nickel"

Joe - coffee

John - a toilet

Joint - an establishment

Juice Joint - a speakeasy

Joint - A club, usually selling alcohol

Keen - Attractive or appealing

Kisser - Mouth

Left holding the bag - (1) to be cheated out of one's fair share (2) to be blamed for something

Level with me - be honest

Live wire - a lively person

Middle Aisle - To marry

Mrs. Grundy - A priggish or extremely tight-laced person

Nifty - great, excellent

"Now you're on the trolley!" - Now you've got it, now you're right!

Nobody Home - Describes some one who is dumb

On the lam - fleeing from police

On the level - legitimate, honest

On the up and up - on the level

Orchid - an expensive item

Ossified - a drunk person

Owl - a person who's out late

Palooka (1) a below-average or average boxer (2) a social outsider, from the comic strip character Joe Palooka

Piker - (1) a cheapskate (2) a coward

Pill - an unlikable person

Pinch - To arrest

Pipe down - stop talking

Pushover - A person easily convinced or seduced

Putting on the Ritz - after the Ritz hotel in Paris; doing something in high style

Rag-a-muffin - a dirty or disheveled individual

Razz- to make fun of

Ritzy - Elegant (from the hotel)

Rubes - money or dollars

Sap - a fool

Says you - a reaction of disbelief

Scram - Ask someone to leave immediately

Sheba - A woman with sex appeal (from the move Queen of Sheba) or (e.g. Clara Bow)

Sinker - a doughnut

Speakeasy - An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor

Spiffy - An elegant appearance

Stuck On - Having a crush on

Swanky - Ritzy

Swell - Wonderful. Also: a rich man

Take for a Ride - To drive off with someone in order to bump them off

Tin Pan Alley - the music industry in New York, located between 48th and 52nd street

Tomato - a female

Torpedo - A hired gun

Upchuck - To vomit

Wet Blanket - a solemn person, a killjoy

What's eating you? - What's wrong














PowerPoint Quality

Each slide contained a picture, slides were easy to read and visually pleasing


Slides had a picture and information






Few pictures, too much or too little information on slides




No pictures, information on slides was irrelevant




5 or less

Quality of Info Presented

Information was relevant, informative, interesting, and historically accurate


The information was accurate and was relevant to the topic



Information was directly from the book, no additional research




Little information given or historically inaccurate



5 or less

Individual Oral

Did not read from slides or cards, expert on subject, comfortable in front of class


Occasionally read from slides or cards, good knowledge of subject


Read from slides or cards, added some additional information



Directly read from slides or cards, did not appear to know subject


5 or less

Opener, Music, Overall Flow

Attention grabber, included music, presentation flowed


Music included, weak attention grabber, presentation flowed


No music, presentation lacking key presentation elements



Nothing grabbed audienceís attention, no music, awkward flow



Completely filled out with interesting facts


Mostly filled out




Missing more than 5 facts




Not completed




4 or less