Extra! Extra! Students jump into the Great Depression
in this inquiry-based activity. Can your students meet the deadline?
In this no-prep in-class Great Depression project, students create cover stories, political cartoons, editorials and more. What were breadlines about? What is the New Deal? What were the rates of unemployment? and more... When the newspapers are complete, students read each other’s newspapers to learn about other topics related to the Great Depression.
Suggested topics and informational text included in this guide:
- Breadlines and Soup Kitchens
- Black Tuesday 1929
- Tammany Hall
- 1932 Presidential Election
- New Deal Reforms
- Civilian Conservation Corps
- Unemployment rates and other facts
- Bank Runs
- Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression
- Tennessee Valley Authority Act
This product is available as part of a US History Twentieth Century Teacher Resource Bundle (Growing)
which begins with the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (late 19th/early 20th century).
This detailed guide includes:
- Complete teacher’s guide for a 90 minute lesson
- Student handouts including directions, graphic organizers, and topic suggestions
- 21 pages of informational texts on several topics such as Hoovervilles, the Dust Bowl, and more.
- A complete list of materials
Great Depression Resources include
- Great Depression: Primary Source Analysis and Activity with Photos
- Great Depression: Student-centered unit project
Two ways to use:
- Introduction: students read the provided information and write articles in a short time. Students work together to form the first page or two of a newspaper on their topics.
- In-depth: students read the provided information on industrial revolution related topics. Student groups work together to divide up topics and ideas and conduct additional research. Students write investigative articles on the topics.
- OPTIONAL: for either option, consider a gallery walk at the end in which students visit each other's newspapers to learn about the different topics and to analyze major events and people related to the era.
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