ALEX Learning Activity

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Children's Letters During the Great Depression

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Julie Rhodes
System:Hartselle City
School:Hartselle City
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1063
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Children's Letters During the Great Depression
Digital Tool/Resource:
Children and The Great Depression
Web Address – URL:

This website has copies of 18 letters written by children asking for help during The Great Depression. These primary source documents allow students to read first hand accounts of the suffering and needs of Americans during The Great Depression.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
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)

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.

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to explain causes and effects, such as economic failure, loss of farms, rising unemployment, and building of Hoovervilles, of the Great Depression on the people of the United States.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

The students access the website containing copies of letters written during The Great Depression. Each student will pick one letter to analyze. Students will use a document analysis sheet to answer questions about the letter they chose.  

Assessment Strategies:

Students will share the letter with the class and describe two things that stood out to them about the letter. They will turn in their answers to the document analysis sheet

Advanced Preparation:

Teachers need to check the link to the website to make sure that all computers or devices can open the site.

Teachers need to print out and make copies of the document analysis sheet and ready to hand out at the beginning of the class period.

Variation Tips (optional):
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  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Franklin D Roosevelt, The Great Depression