Teacher Guide

Babbitt Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will research and report on the social concerns of the 1920s, including race relations and the state of the labor movement.

  2. 2

    Students will learn about the popular culture of the 1920s, such as the advent of radio and the style of advertisements of the time.

  3. 3

    Students will learn about the American Realism style of writing, and how Sinclair Lewis factors into that school.

  4. 4

    Students will discuss relevant social anxieties today that are present in the book, such as conformity, materialism, religion, and the pursuit of a fulfilling life.


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