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Great Depression & New Deal Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
The lesson plan outlines and other resources in this chapter are designed to assist you in developing lessons that will help your students grasp the events surrounding the stock market crash of 1929, the causes and impact of the Dust Bowl, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal policies, and more. You will find information that will help you develop your syllabus, and some accompanying lessons that you can incorporate into your regular classroom instruction. This chapter contains material to help you design lesson plans on the following topics:
- Great Depression causes, timeline, impact and the 1929 Wall Street Crash
- FDR's New Deal
- Definition and causes of the Dust Bowl
- Biography, facts and disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and much more!
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on the New Deal and the Great Depression easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific topics related to the Great Depression and the New Deal that you want to cover in class.
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- Share the related Great Depression and New Deal lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from the lessons on the New Deal and Great Depression.
- Engage your students with relevant activities related to this period of American history, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Stock Market Crash Lesson Plan
Help your students better understand the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and events leading to the Great Depression with this lesson plan and video lesson from Study.com. The related activity will help students to further their knowledge.
2. 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.
3. The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact
In this lesson, we explore the Great Depression and the economic trends and practices that caused the greatest economic meltdown in the history of the world.
4. 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.
5. Dust Bowl Lesson Plan
The Dust Bowl shifted far more than just top soil--it also affected American culture. In this lesson plan, you'll have the resources you need to help students make those connections.
6. What Was the Dust Bowl? - Definition, Facts & Causes
The Dust Bowl was a catastrophic event that directly affected the American Midwest. It resulted in a massive outmigration of Midwesterners, mostly to California. In this lesson, we'll consider some facts about the Dust Bowl and some possible causes.
7. Amelia Earhart Lesson Plan
Amelia Earhart was a trailblazer who is still shrouded in mystery. Teach students about her life and accomplishments with this Study.com lesson plan. Students read and distinguish key facts from details, then create an Amelia Earhart walking museum.
8. Amelia Earhart: Quotes, Facts & Biography
Amelia Earhart was a famed aviator and advocate for female pilots. She was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic and she mysteriously died in a plane crash while trying to fly around the world.
9. Amelia Earhart: Disappearance & Investigation
Few individuals have inspired such interest and adoration as Amelia Earhart. After her disappearance in 1937, people across the world have wondered, 'What happened?' This lesson explores Earhart's disappearance and subsequent investigations.
10. Child Labor Lesson Plan
In many countries, children are forced to work in harsh working conditions. A video lesson explains America's standards for child labor and an activity brings light to the realities of child labor throughout the world. Extensions and related lessons are provided to take instruction even further.
11. Minimum Wage & Child Labor: Purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed during the Industrial Revolution and Great Depression eras of the United States. It was common for workers to experience cruel work environments during this time. This lesson explains the purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including the provisions on minimum wages and child labor.
12. Great Depression Essential Questions
Essential questions are a great way of maintaining focus as you plan and teach a topic. Pick your essential questions for teaching about the Great Depression from this list of options, separated by category.
13. Surviving the Dust Bowl Questions
Teachers, Surviving the Dust Bowl is a documentary about a dark time in our history that caused death and destruction for almost 10 years. The following questions will ensure students were attentively listening and allow them to formulate opinions on how the situation was handled.
14. Dust Bowl Essay Topics
Are you teaching your class about the Dust Bowl? Essays will help them connect with the topic. This lesson offers Dust Bowl topic suggestions for different types of essays.
15. Herbert Hoover Lesson Plan
What was Herbert Hoover's role in the Great Depression? This lesson plan explains this question with the help of an informative video lesson and activity.
16. 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.
17. 1930s Pop Culture Lesson Plan
What did people do for fun in the 1930s? This lesson plan outlines key features of 1930s pop culture with the help of a video lesson, hands-on engagement with pop culture, and an activity.
18. Popular Entertainment in 1930s America
In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the ways in which Americans entertained themselves during the Great Depression, including some of the music, movies, and radio programs that provided a temporary escape from reality.
19. Great Depression Teaching Activities
The Great Depression is still studied today to help explain economies and their weaknesses. This lesson provides activities for students of varying ages to help them understand this era and its effects.
20. Dust Bowl Project Ideas
The Dust Bowl was a critical time and place in American history that is often overshadowed by the corresponding events of the Great Depression. This lesson provides some ideas for student projects to get them engaged in this subject.
21. Dust Bowl Group Discussion Topics
The Dust Bowl was an area in the middle of the U.S. that was experiencing immense dust storms during the Great Depression. This lesson provides a variety of discussion topics for students to become engaged in this historical topic.
22. Herbert Hoover & The Dust Bowl
In this lesson we will learn about President Herbert Hoover and the Dust Bowl. We will highlight the central themes and developments surrounding President Hoover, as well as the Dust Bowl, and we will learn about the connection between the two.
23. The New Deal & Huey Long
The New Deal is remembered as a very successful program, but not everyone supported it back in the 1930s. In this lesson, we'll check out one of the most outspoken opponents of the New Deal, and explore his unique reasons for disliking it.
24. Soup Kitchens During the Great Depression
Few institutions define the Great Depression as much as the soup kitchen. In this lesson, we're going to explore the history and function of soup kitchens, and see what they represented to people of the 1930s.
25. Jesse Owens Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to assist you in teaching your students about athlete Jesse Owens. Students will read a text lesson that includes a biography, quotes, and facts about Owens, before engaging in a discussion to increase understanding. Finish with an activity and quiz to make learning stick.
26. Jesse Owens: Facts, Biography & Quotes
In this lesson, we'll learn about American athlete Jesse Owens. We'll explore his life and see why he's an important figure in history. We'll place emphasis on his role in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which is what he's best known for.
27. Black Tuesday Lesson Plan
If you're discussing the Great Depression, this lesson plan explores a catalyst, Black Tuesday. Students will read an informative text lesson and participate in discussion questions. They will then engage in a hands-on cause and effect activity to further cement their understanding of Black Tuesday.
28. Black Tuesday: Definition, Facts & the Great Depression
On October 29, 1929, the stock market collapsed, leading to a banking crisis and ultimately to the Great Depression. Learn how Black Tuesday precipitated and contributed to the greatest economic disaster of the twentieth century.
29. Migrant Mother Lesson Plan
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.
30. Migrant Mother: Photograph Analysis & Facts
There are a few photographs that nearly every American will have at least seen by the time they reach adulthood. In this lesson, we'll look at the history of one such image and see what made it so powerful and so successful.
31. Great Depression Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Use this lesson plan to teach students about the Great Depression. Students will read an informational text lesson that describes the causes and effects of the Great Depression, discuss and analyze content, and apply in active constructs.
32. The Great Depression Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts
The Great Depression of the 1930s was not a good time in America's history. In this lesson, you'll learn about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. You will also learn how the United States emerged from this difficult time.
33. Huey Long Lesson Plan
This lesson plan introduces students to Huey Long, whose political views span from Louisiana to Washington D.C. Students will read an informative text lesson on Long's contributions, participate in discussion questions, and play a fun timeline game.
34. Huey Long: Biography, 'Share Our Wealth,' & Assassination
Examine the life of the 'Kingfish,' Huey Long, former governor and Senator from Louisiana during the 1920s and 1930s. Then you can test your knowledge of Long, his career, and his assassination with a quiz.
35. Franklin D. Roosevelt Activities for High School
When your students are studying the Great Depression, consider using these activities to teach them about President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his contributions to the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression.
36. Causes of the Great Depression Lesson Plan
Use this Study.com lesson plan to have students take a close look at the causes and impact of the Great Depression. Use key vocabulary terms and apply knowledge by creating a layered book.
37. Great Depression Lesson Plan
Teaching about the Great Depression can be nuanced and tricky. Use this Study.com lesson plan to explain the causes of the Great Depression and impact it had worldwide. Follow up and reinforce concepts by reading and analyzing historical text.
38. Life During the Great Depression Lesson Plan
This lesson plan provides teachers with a lesson and activities related to living conditions during the Great Depression. Students will make a group diorama and compare facts and figures from that time period and today.
39. Dorothea Lange Lesson Plan
Dorothea Lange was an American photographer known for her iconic work during the Great Depression. In this lesson plan, students will learn more about Lange and complete an activity in which they imagine what it might have been like to live in her shoes.
40. Al Capone Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will help teachers point out important facts about the life of Al Capone. Classes will read through a text lesson, answer questions and work collaboratively to create a radio broadcast related to Al Capone.
41. Great Depression Project Ideas
There are many ways to talk about the Great Depression in your classroom. These project ideas can help student delve deeper into that material with hands-on and interactive learning.
42. Great Depression Unit Plan
Teaching the Great Depression to high school students can seem overwhelming. Not to worry! Utilize this unit plan to guide your students through the social, economic, and political factors that were part of this important part of American history.
43. It's a Wonderful Life Discussion Questions
'It's a Wonderful Life' is a 1946 classic Christmas film by director Frank Capra that examines how a man's life has benefited the people around him. This resource offers discussion questions about this movie.
44. Dust Bowl Activities
The following activities are designed to help your students find new and creative ways to engage with the history of the Dust Bowl and Depression-era rural America.
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