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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
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).
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.
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
- Lesson video The Legacy of the New Deal
- Access to technology and the internet
- 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?
- 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.
- Start the video lesson The Legacy of the New Deal and pause at 1:11 and ask:
- Before the New Deal, what did economists think about the stock market and economy?
- Where did Roosevelt get the idea for the New Deal?
- Why did Roosevelt agree to the New Deal?
- Do you agree with the New Deal? Why or why not?
- Resume the lesson and pause again at 3:52.
- What are the physical legacies of the New Deal?
- Why did they help lift America out of the Depression?
- Have students discuss in small groups, then as a whole class:
- How has the idea of food stamps shifted over the years since the New Deal?
- What has been the biggest political legacy of the New Deal?
- What are the opinions of conservatives and liberals in reference to the New Deal?
- Play the remainder of the lesson and allow students to ask any remaining questions before taking the quiz.
- Ask students to write a summary paragraph describing the legacy of the New Deal and including their personal opinions on whether the New Deal was a good or bad idea.
- When finished writing, divide students into small groups to share their paragraphs and discuss their opinions. Encourage students to discuss and debate their points, adding on to one another's ideas.
- Now ask:
- Do the ideas in the New Deal still work in our economy?
- Allow students to work in partner pairs to research and answer this question together.
- When students have completed research, divide into sides and host a debate, allowing classmates to support their ideas with evidence and data they collected.
- Have students imagine a life without the New Deal. What may have happened? What would life be like now?
- Research political cartoons about the New Deal and have students analyze.
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