Primary Source Worksheet: Citizen Letters to President and Mrs. Roosevelt Concerning the Depression

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A letter addressed to President Roosevelt and another addressed to Eleanor Roosevelt offer insight not only into these two amazing historical figures, but also into the struggles people faced during the Great Depression. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask groups to research various First Ladies and compare the roles they played in their husbands' administration
  • Collect the entire set of worksheets and use periodically as skill-building exercises
  • Sort the worksheets by subject and incorporate into appropriate units
Pros

  • The worksheet contains both questions that encourage close reading and a list of suggested activities
  • One of the suggested activities asks individuals to research Eleanor Roosevelt's daily newspaper column published from 1935 through 1962
Cons

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