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The Roaring Twenties

Unit 4

2 • Private and Public Spheres
WB p. 21

The Roaring Twenties

➜ How did the Roaring 20s bring modernity to Americans?

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Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Serious Game

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Flapper dancing in The Great Gatsby


Get ready!

Look at the vocabulary lists.
Find a title for each category. Look for words you don’t understand.
a. Look at the picture. Pick out the elements which are representative of the era.

b. Describe the characters and their attitude. Imagine their story.
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Watch the video.
Describe what life was like in the 20s.
Workbook p. 21

Discuss the brainstorming questions with your classmates:

Do you think people became more independent and free during the 20s? Why is this decade called the Roaring Twenties? How did life change for Americans?

Read the idiom of the week.
Rephrase it in your own words and give examples.
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  • fascinated / captivated / hypnotized (adj.)
  • atmosphere / mood (n.)
  • suit /ˈsuːt/ (n.)
  • convey

Let’s learn!


Memorize words from the vocabulary lists. Challenge a classmate: take turns to recall words from the list.

Everything’s Jake!

Idiom of the week!

Everything’s Jake!


The word Jake comes from North America in the 1920s. It means fine, cool, okay or satisfactory. It was very popular during the Roaring Twenties and it meant that a situation was fine. The name Jake comes from Middle English as a variant of Jack and another pet form of John.

The Roaring Twenties

box 1
  • economic (adj.)
  • Crazy Years (exp.)
  • Jazz Age (exp.)
  • mass production (exp.)
  • decade /ˈdɛkɛɪd/ (n.)
  • growth / prosperity (n.)
  • blossom / develop (v.)
  • roar /ˈrɔː/ (v.)

box 2
  • modern (adj.)
  • lifestyle (n.)
  • look (n.)
  • modernity (n.)
  • mood / spirit (n.)
  • novelty (n.)
  • suffrage / voting rights (n.)

box 3
  • pure /ˈpjʊə/ (adj.)
  • Art Deco /ˈɑːt ˈdɛˌkəʊ/ (exp.)
  • lost generation (exp.)
  • celebrity (n.)
  • cinema (n.)
  • glitter (n.)
  • movie star (n.)
  • perform / performer (n.)
  • radio /ˈrɛɪdɪˌəʊ/ (n.)
  • talkies (≠ silent movies) (n.)

box 4
  • dominant /ˈdɒmɪnənt/ (adj.)
  • fancy / trendy (adj.)
  • influential /ˌɪnflʊˈɛnʃəl/ (adj.)
  • rebellious (adj.)
  • slinky (adj.)
  • boyish look (exp.)
  • chin-length / bob (cut) (exp.)
  • knee-length dress (exp.)
  • dance clubs (n.)
  • flapper (n.)

box 5
  • alcohol consumption (exp.)
  • organized crime / mob (exp.)
  • petty crime (exp.)
  • speakeasy (exp.)
  • violation of laws (exp.)
  • drunkenness (n.)
  • gambling (n.)
  • prohibition (n.)
  • smuggling /ˈsmʌglɪŋ/ (n.)
  • bootlegger (n.)

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 1

Portray a fictional character in the 1920s.

❯❯ Step 2

Record your voice for an audio guide.

❯❯ Step 3

As a filmmaker, describe your vision to screenwriters.

❯❯ Your final project

Write the synopsis of a film taking place during the 1920s.
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