The Great Depression and the Arts
Students engage in a dialogue about the Depression, the impact of the New Deal, the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the survival of Democracy, and the resiliency of the American spirit.
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Of Mice and Men and Migrant Farm Workers of the Great Depression
As part of their study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, class members explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Groups examine primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of the travails of men like...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Documenting the Great Depression
Students compare and contrast two photographs from the Great Depression, and identify the ways in which the photographers depicted the hardships of everyday life during this period. They hypothesize about the story behind each photograph...
10th - 11th Social Studies & History
About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange Going to the Promised Land
To better understand the migrant experience during the Great Depression, pupils analyze two primary resources: photographs by Dorothea Lange and a U.S. Map that shows the Dust Bowl. They compare and contrast Lange's images to Steinbeck's...
5th - 12th Social Studies & History
Cultural Environment during the Great Depression
Eleventh graders research American culture of the Great Depression. In this role-playing lesson, groups of students develop "talking points" for their assigned topic and condense them into a Powerpoint or Hyper Studio presentation.
11th Social Studies & History
The Great Depression and Now: The Migrant Worker Experience
Learners identify the concerns of people caught in desperate times during the Great Depression. They make connections between The Grapes of Wrath and historical images from the Great Depression. Students make connections between the...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Effects of the Great Depression
Students investigate the global impact of the Great Depression. In this Great Depression lesson plan, students examine digital images from the era and write captions to accompany them. Students discuss the far-reaching effects of the...
8th - 9th Social Studies & History
Songs of the Great Depression
Students listen to and analyze several songs from the Great Depression period including "Big Rock Candy Mountain", "Brother Can You Spare Me a Dime?" and "Do Re Mi". They participate in class discussion, draw original comic strips,...
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The Great Depression: A World Struggle
Learners analyze photographs, speeches, art and other primary sources from the Great Depression. In this American History instructional activity, students engage in several activities to understand how the American public was affected by...
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History