Before Strategy/Engage: 30 minutes
1. Students should write their name at the top of their 3 column chart graphic organizer. List the following questions at the top of each column: "What is the social impact of the Great Depression on Alabama?", "What is the political impact of the Great Depression on Alabama?", and "What is the economical impact of the Great Depression on Alabama?". Each student should list, in bullet form, what they know about each aspect of the historical event.
2. Each student should give their paper to a partner (the teacher can explain how to do this). The students should read their partner's response to each question, then write at least one sentence expanding on one idea from their partner. The teacher should remind students that their answers should respond to and expand upon their partner's response, not be an exact copy. (For example, if your partner wrote, "It made people poor." You could expand on that by saying, "Loss of jobs caused families to lose money.") Once this is complete, the charts should go back to the original owner. Each student will need to keep their chart until the end of the lesson.
During the Lesson: 60 minutes
1. Students need to copy the following questions on a piece of notebook paper.
The Great Depression
- What caused the Great Depression?
- What was life like for Americans during the 1920s?
- What happened on October 29, 1929?
- Who was the president who pulled America out of the Depression?
- What were the New Deal programs? What did these programs do?
2. Students will work with a partner to read and discuss the online article provided by the teacher. Students should carefully read the following article to gather needed information about the social, political, and economical impact of the Great Depression on the lives of Alabamians.
The Great Depression, The New Deal, and Alabama's Political Leaders - http://www.alabamamoments.alabama.gov/sec48det.html
3. After students read through the article, they need to record the answers to the above questions on notebook paper.
4. Students will need to use the following websites to answer any questions that weren't found in the online article.
The Great Depression Timeline
Alabama wasn't a part of the Dust Bowl, but that doesn't mean the state didn't feel similar effects -http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/11/alabama_wasnt_a_part_of_the_du.html
5. Students will use all of the information gathered in the online article and the websites to create a timeline. They can create their timeline on notebook paper, in Google Docs, or in Microsoft Word.
After the Lesson: 60 minutes
1. Students will divide into their collaborative groups assigned by the teacher. Students will be allowed to explain the information that they gathered with one another and discuss the most important aspects of each category.
2. Groups will choose their final product from the list of possible presentation options.
Group Presentation Options:
- Google Slide/PowerPoint
3. Presentations must include the answers to the following questions:
- What are the social impacts of the Great Depression on the lives of Alabamians?
- What are the political impacts of the Great Depression on the lives of Alabamians?
- What are the economical impacts of the Great Depression on the lives of Alabamians?
4. Students will collaborate and decide how they will use their graphic organizer, research, and timeline to create their group presentation.
5. Students will decide which member will be responsible for which part of the presentation.
6. Students will complete their portion of the presentation, and then present it to the group for review.
7. Once all group reviews have been made, the teacher will assign each group a day to share their presentation with the class.
8. Give the students a copy of the Great Depression Project Checklist so they will know the requirements expected of them.