Legacy of the New Deal Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students what the New Deal was and its legacy with this lesson plan. We'll guide you with a video lesson, discussion questions, a quiz, and an application activity to strengthen student understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain components of the New Deal
  • describe the physical and political legacy of the New Deal


1 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.9

Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.


Key Vocabulary

  • John Maynard Keynes
  • New Deal
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Food stamps

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Start class by reviewing concepts about the Great Depression as a class. What was life like during the Depression? Why did the Depression happen? How long did it last? What may it have been like to live during this time?
  • Discuss:
    • What role does the government have in the welfare of its people?
    • Can a central government maintain a strong economy? Should it? Why or why not?
  • Tell students they will be learning about the programs that helped lift Americans out of the Depression called the New Deal. Allow students to share any prior understanding and background knowledge.

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