Ch 17: The Great Depression (1929-1940) Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Great Depression (1929-1940) chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the causes and effects of the Great Depression 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 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 Great Depression Speculation, consumer credit, and the stock market crash of 1929
Tuesday American social and economic issues of the 1920s American migration, the Dust Bowl, unemployment
Wednesday President Hoover's economic policies Associationalism, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, federal government expansion
Thursday Roosevelt's New Deal New Deal programs proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and approved by Congress, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the National Recovery Administration, the Social Security Act, and the National Labor Relations Act
Friday Pre-World War II foreign policy of the Roosevelt administration From isolationism to interventionism, the Good Neighbor Policy, the Lend-Lease Act

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: The Great Depression (1929-1940) Lesson Plans
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The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

1. 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.

The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

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.

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

3. 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.

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal

5. Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal

In this lesson, you will explore the government programs collectively called the New Deal as the nation attempted to recover from economic crisis following the Great Depression.

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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