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Migrant Mother Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

This lesson plan analyzes the Great Depression-era photograph 'Migrant Mother', and its historical context. Students learn to analyze visual documents like photographs in terms of social relevance and use, and connect that to political programs of the Depression.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the photograph Migrant Mother and understand its cultural relevance
  • Understand the ways that photographs can be manipulated and used as propaganda

Length

45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

  • 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.

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