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Ch 17: The Great Depression: AP US History Lesson Plans

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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 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 1929Causes of the Great Depression, including the crash of the stock market
TuesdayThe Dust Bowl and unemploymentDust storms droughts during the 1930s, cultural aspects of the depression and unemployment rates
WednesdayPresidency of Herbert Hoover President Hoover's approach to the depression and its effects
Thursday President Franklin Roosevelt's first and second New DealPresident Roosevelt's first 100 days in office, early efforts to address the depression and opposition to his second set of programs
FridayForeign policies of President Franklin Roosevelt American foreign policy before World War II and official response to Adolph Hitler

7 Lessons in Chapter 17: The Great Depression: AP US History 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.

President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

3. 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 and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal

5. 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.

The Legacy of the New Deal

6. The Legacy of the New Deal

In what was, until that time, one of the largest government spending projects in history, the New Deal drastically changed the American landscape. This lesson takes a look at the legacy of the programs of the New Deal.

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

7. 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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