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  • 1. Document Based Question: Levittown and the Creation of Suburbia
  • 2. Levittown and the Creation of Suburbia
    • Historical Context:
    • After World War II, veterans came home, married and started families. This created a dramatic increase in population that the housing market was not prepared for. William Levitt, an architect and builder, designed a community that would address these needs.
    • Task:
    • Analyze and discuss the need and advantages of creating Levittown.
    • Explain how the local economy and home life were affected.
  • 3. The Documents
    • Document 1: (Video) Based on this video, identify how William Levit’s system of building houses made them available and affordable.
    • Document 2: (Living the American Dream) Based on this article, what was the American Dream after World War II?
    • Document 3: (The Need for Levittown) Based on this article, list 2 problems that the building of Levittown addressed.
    • Document 4: (It’s a promise) Based on this picture, what was the American G.I. expecting upon returning from war?
  • 4. The Documents
    • Document 5: (Shopping Center- Picture) How does this picture show a cause and effect relationship between the building of Levittown and the development of Long Island?
    • Document 6: (1950’s Model Home) List 3 advantages that the Levittown home provided.
    • Document 7: (Magazines on the Coffee-table) Find 2 examples of how home life was improved by looking through the various magazines on the table.
    • Document 8: (What Levittown Started) Based on this article, how was the landscape of Long Island changed since the creation of Levittown?
  • 5. Document 1: (Video, Creating Levittown) Question: Based on this video, identify how William Levit’s system of building houses made them available and affordable.
  • 6. Document 2: (Article, Living the American Dream) Question: Based on this article, what was the American Dream after World War II?
  • 7. Document 3: (Article, The Need for Levittown) Question: Based on this article, list 2 problems that the building of Levittown addressed.
  • 8. Document 4: (Picture, It’s a promise) Question: Based on this picture, what was the American G.I. expecting upon returning from war?
  • 9. Document 5: (Picture, Shopping Center) Question: How does this picture show a cause and effect relationship between the building of Levittown and the development of Long Island?
  • 10. Document 6: (Model, 1950’s Home) Question: List 3 advantages that the Levittown home provided.
  • 11. Document 7: (Magazines on the Coffee-table) Question: Find 2 examples of how home life was improved by looking through the various magazines on the table.
  • 12. Document 8: (Article, What Levittown Started Question: Based on this article, how was the landscape of Long Island changed since the creation of Levittown?

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