Watch a clip from the film Inherit the Wind, about the Scopes Monkey Trial. Discuss the character played by Gene Kelly, who was depicting a version of Mencken.
Listen to a specific piece or two that Mencken mentions in Chapter 27.
Students should develop their own "Utopian Flight" to tackle a modern-day problem.
Journalist Field Trip
Students should attend a local or school event, and write a report in the mode of a journalist.
People Flash Cards
Mencken mentions a great many people in the book. Make flash cards for each person, accompanied with Mencken's assessment of that person.
World War II Scenario
In Chapter 11 Mencken wonders what might have happened had the South won the Civil War. Write a fanciful essay that supposes what might have happened had Germany won World War II.
Odd Fish Report
Research and write a biography of...
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