Dorothea Lange Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Dorothea Lange was an American photographer known for her iconic work during the Great Depression. In this lesson plan, students will learn more about Lange and complete an activity in which they imagine what it might have been like to live in her shoes.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Describe the work of Dorothea Lange
  • Create a journal to demonstrate an understanding of the Great Depression and what it might have been like to document the hardship of the people.

Length

At least 2 class periods

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Materials

  • Access to the lesson, Dorothea Lange: Biography, Photography & Migrant Mother
  • Access to the quiz
  • Printed copies of the lesson transcript (one for each student)
  • Writing materials (either pen/paper or computer access) for students
  • Misc. pictures taken of people during the Great Depression and/or Dust Bowl

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