Why did Prohibition fail? Worksheet
This great little worksheet has never failed to grab the attention of my core and foundation students. It looks at the issues surrounding the failure of prohibition and includes a range of information, sources and cartoons to grab their attention.

The aims and objectives of the lesson are:

Theme: Why did Prohibition fail?
Know: Who was Al-Capone?
Understand: What role did he play in helping prohibition fail?
Evaluate: Why did prohibition fail?
Skills: Chronology, Source Evaluation & judgement

What Am I Looking For this lesson?
Identify / Describe – Who was Al-Capone?
Explain – What role did he play in helping prohibition fail?
Analyse – Why did prohibition fail?

The resource looks at the role of organised crime in corrupting officials and the failure of the USA government to put in enough resources to make it a success.

I have also produced a PowerPoint to work along side this resource which is particularly good at extending the more able and includes a past paper question fro OCR as a well as an appropriate mark scheme and starters and plenaries. This can be downloaded separately or as a package / bundle from the TES website.

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Created: Aug 20, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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