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Lesson 1: Out of the Darkness - TVA & The Great Depression

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Title:

Lesson 1: Out of the Darkness - TVA & The Great Depression

URL:

https://www.currentsofchange.net/lesson-1/

Content Source:

Other
Currents of Change
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

This free, interactive website helps middle and high school-aged students explore the effects of the Tennessee Valley Authority during the Great Depression and New Deal Era. The website includes videos, photographs, handouts, primary resources, and more. 

This lesson provides information on the impact that the Tennessee Valley Authority had on the Tennessee Valley region during the Great Depression. Lesson plans are provided on the website including introductory activities and extension activities. Lesson plan powerpoints are also available. Full-length videos are provided on the website with video response questions as well as interactive graphics for student use. 

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
5 ) Explain causes and effects of the Great Depression on the people of the United States.

Examples: economic failure, loss of farms, rising unemployment, building of Hoovervilles

•  Identifying patterns of migration during the Great Depression
•  Locating on a map the area of the United States known as the Dust Bowl
•  Describing the importance of the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States, including the New Deal alphabet agencies
•  Locating on a map the river systems utilized by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) (Alabama)
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Explain the cause and effects of the Great Depression on the people of the United States.
  • Identify patterns of migration.
  • Locate on a map the area known as the Dust Bowl, as well as the river systems utilized by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
  • Describe the importance of the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Compare and contrast the policies of Harding, Hoover, and Roosevelt.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • depression
  • economic failure
  • Hoovervilles
  • migration
  • Dust Bowl
  • New Deal
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • river systems
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • What caused the Great Depression and the effect it had on the people of the United States.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Examine cause and effect to see relationships between people, places, ideas, and events.
  • Use map skills to locate places of historical significance.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There were many causes and effects of the Great Depression on the people of the U.S.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.6.5- Define economic depression; identify the general factors of the Great Depression including stock market crash of 1929, Dust Bowl, Hoovervilles, and FDR.
SS.AAS.6.5a - Describe the purpose of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its location.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 11
United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
7 ) Explain strengths and weaknesses of the New Deal in managing problems of the Great Depression through relief, recovery, and reform programs, including the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Social Security Act. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.d., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.j., A.1.k.]

•  Analyzing conditions created by the Dust Bowl for their impact on migration patterns during the Great Depression
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Describe the impact of geographic, social, political, and economic conditions during the Great Depression.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the New Deal in managing problems of the Great Depression through relief, recovery, and reform programs.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • relief
  • recovery
  • reform
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Works Progress Administration
  • Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Social Security Act
  • Dust Bowl
  • Great Depression
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the New Deal in managing the problems of the Great Depression.
  • Purpose and impact of relief, recovery, and reform programs of the New Deal, including the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Civilian *Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Social Security Act.
  • The impact of geographic, social, political, and economic conditions during the Great Depression, such as the conditions created by the Dust Bowl and its impact on migration patterns.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and impacts of political and social programs during specific historical events.
  • Describe the purpose and effectiveness of specific programs and agencies.
  • Evaluate the impact of specific geographic, social, political, and economic conditions on life in the United States.
  • Trace and analyze migration patterns in the United States.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There were many strengths and weaknesses of the New Deal in managing problems of the Great Depression through relief, recovery, and reform programs.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.11.7- Describe the New Deal and identify reform programs intended to help people and strengthen the economy.


Tags: Franklin D Roosevelt, Great Depression, New Deal, TVA
License Type: Public Domain
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AccessibilityVideo resources: includes closed captioning or subtitles
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Author: Asia Hester