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Below is a sample breakdown of the America and the Great Depression chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the ensuing economic decline||Collapse of the stock market in 1929, causes of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and unemployment rates|
|Tuesday||Presidency of Herbert Hoover||Building of the Hoover Dam; domestic and international attempts of President Hoover to end the depression|
|Wednesday||Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First 100 Days||Effect of polio on Franklin Roosevelt's presidential campaign, election of 1932 and the First New Deal|
|Thursday||President Roosevelt and the Second New Deal||National Labor, Social Security and Wagner acts; conflicts between Roosevelt's legislative efforts and the Supreme Court|
|Friday||American Foreign Policy under President Roosevelt||Transition of America from an isolationist to an interventionist country prior to World War II; relationship between the New Deal and foreign policy|
1. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes
October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.
2. America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment & Cultural Issues
The Great Depression was a period of economic hardship for a majority of Americans. Learn about the devastating conditions created by the Depression and the American response to the tragedy.
3. The Construction of the Hoover Dam: History of Events
Though President Hoover did not end the Great Depression, one of his most well-known efforts, the Hoover Dam, remains important to many people's lives. In this lesson, we will learn why Hoover approved the dam and how it was constructed as well the dam's effects on the country.
4. President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression
During his tenure, President Herbert Hoover attempted to end the Great Depression. Learn about his various policies in dealing with the economic collapse and their overall impact on the Depression in this video lesson.
5. The Election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Events and Timeline
By 1932, the Great Depression was in full swing. Desperate, the American people turned to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this lesson, we'll learn who FDR was, how he won the presidency, and what his victory meant for the future of the country.
6. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days
President Franklin Roosevelt's first New Deal program represented an aggressive legislative campaign to relieve American suffering and end the Great Depression. Learn more about the first 100 days of the New Deal.
7. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal
President Franklin Roosevelt's second New Deal represented a more conservative approach to battling the Great Depression. Learn more about the program, including its legislation and legacy.
8. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War II
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy focused on moving the United States from isolation to intervention. Learn more about Roosevelt's foreign policy on the eve of the Second World War.
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