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Ch 16: America and the Great Depression: Middle School Lesson Plans

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The America and the Great Depression chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the economic depression of the 1930s in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayThe 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
TuesdayPresidency of Herbert Hoover Building of the Hoover Dam; domestic and international attempts of President Hoover to end the depression
WednesdayFranklin D. Roosevelt and the First 100 Days Effect of polio on Franklin Roosevelt's presidential campaign, election of 1932 and the First New Deal
ThursdayPresident Roosevelt and the Second New Deal National Labor, Social Security and Wagner acts; conflicts between Roosevelt's legislative efforts and the Supreme Court
FridayAmerican 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

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: America and the Great Depression: Middle School Lesson Plans
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The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

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.

America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment & Cultural Issues

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.

The Construction of the Hoover Dam: History of Events

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.

President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

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.

The Election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Events and Timeline

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second 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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policy Prior to World War II

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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