What were the major causes of the Great Depression? When the stock market crashed in October 1929, the debate about what actually caused the Great Depression was just beginning. Using sources written by economists and historians, students will examine three of the major underlying reasons for America's worst economic downturn.
Throughout the lesson students will be prompted to do the following:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer that asks them to closely analyze the lyrics of a song from the Great Depression and decipher its overall message.
2) Analyze a political cartoon displaying a despairing stock broker jumping out of a building to his death. A video clip is included to show the plight of those who invested in the stock market during the 1920s.
3) Examine the arguments made by economists and historians regarding the major causes of the Great Depression. Students will be given a certain number to research, discuss their findings with fellow students who researched the same source, and present this same information to the whole class.
4) Conclude the lesson by responding to the exit ticket which asks students to explain the major causes of the Great Depression.