Card Sort - Why did Prohibition fail?

This great little card sort gets students to look at the key reasons why prohibition failed. It can be used with a range of abilities and has never failed to get my students engaged, whilst improving their understanding of the topic.

The resource includes four headings - corruption, organised crime, lack of support and poor enforcement, as well as 22 statements which students are then asked to sort the cards under. I have always agonised over the heading ‘poor enforcement’ but as with all my resources, it is in Microsoft Word so you can customise it to suit your own students.

Theme: Why did prohibition fail?
Know: What were the key factors that account for the failure of prohibition?
Understand: what role did corruption, organised crime, poor enforcement and lack of support play it ins failure?
Evaluate: which factor was the most important in explaining why prohibition failed?

WILF - What am I Looking For?
Identify - what factors led to the failure of prohibition
Describe - What factors led to the failure of prohibition
Explain - what role did corruption, organised crime, poor enforcement and lack of support play it’s eventual failure?
Analyse - what was the most important factor?

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Created: Sep 8, 2016

Updated: Feb 18, 2019


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