Franklin D. Roosevelt Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan proposes activities, quizzes, and discussion topics and questions, based around two text lessons, that will help students learn more about FDR as well as the New Deal.

Learning Objectives

Once students have completed this lesson, they need to be able to:

  • Describe FDR's early life
  • Discuss FDR's political career
  • Understand the importance and implementation of FDR's New Deal


45-90 minutes without the activity


Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


Warm Up

  • Get a feel for how well-prepared the class is for discussion and warm them up for it as well with a couple of questions:
    • Who was Franklin Roosevelt related to?
    • How many terms of office did FDR complete?

Vocabulary Activity

  • Put the following vocabulary terms up on the board:
    • Theodore Roosevelt
    • Tammany Hall
    • Woodrow Wilson
    • Herbert Hoover
    • New Deal
    • Social Security Act
    • Securities and Exchange Commission
    • Pearl Harbor
    • World War II
    • Executive Order 9066
    • Winston Churchill
    • D-Day
    • Arsenal of democracy
    • Great Depression
    • New Deal
    • Relief
    • Recovery
    • Reform
  • Choose students at random to come up to the board and write down either a definition for the term or an example of it.
  • Other students in the class should carefully watch the board to find any mistakes and provide feedback to their classmates.
  • Everyone should copy down the terms and examples into their notes once this activity has been completed.

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