Stock Markets? Interest Rates? Monetary Policy? If you were like myself back in High school, you too were perplexed by complex terms seemingly being thrown at us all once with the expectation that they sum how will stick. However, understanding economic policy is hard for people of all ages to understand in the present, let alone in the 1930s and 40s.
This brief one to two day lesson plan provides materials for introducing the confusing time period of the Great Depression. However, the time period is not so cut and dry. This assignment is based on textual readings of two secondary sources that offer not only two different viewpoints but two different competing viewpoints over the role of the government in controlling the economy.
The lesson plan includes instructions, secondary document links, a reading activity, a homework assignment, and long term Unit Plan ideas.