Prohibition

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The lesson introduces students to prohibition and the 18th and 21st amendments which banned and then permitted alcohol in the United States.  Most students will not be familiar with the topic since they have lived in an America that has always permitted alcohol.  The causes and effects of prohibition are introduced, as well has the reasons the ban was eventually lifted.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to the early 1900s in the United States.

Prohibition Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Prohibition
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to Prohibition and the 18th and 21st amendments which banned and then permitted alcohol in the United States.  It is likely students will be unfamiliar with this term, since they have lived in an America that has always permitted alcohol.  The causes and effects of prohibition are introduced, as well as the reasons the ban was eventually lifted.  A hands-on activity requires students to choose a side, either for or against prohibition, and debate their choice with classmates. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to the early 1900’s in the United States.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students what rules they think should be changed in their town, state, or the country and why.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Describe a rule you had to follow, but then it was changed, and then changed back.  What was it like?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Prohibition explaining it was a rule that was changed.
  4. Distribute Prohibition content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute supplies.  Tell students they must discuss both posters’ content before beginning.  (They are not permitted to each do a different poster.) Allow students sufficient time to discuss the content of each poster, to create a rough draft, and optional Internet research.
  6. Once completed, each pair of students display and share the completed posters with the class. (The teacher may display all “FOR” posters separate from the “AGAINST” posters).
  7. Hold a class discussion related to the activity responses. (Responses will vary.)
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Ask students to correct the false statements.  Allow students to share their feelings related to question number 15.  Tell students to support their opinions.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies