To describe actions taken by the federal government to combat the Great Depression.
1 class period
Students begin this activity by constructing three bar graphs that represent the gross national product, consumer spending, and unemployment rate between the years 1929 and 1937. The graph work helps to illustrate the economic decline and ensuing recovery during this time in American history.
Using the graphs, class members will then answer completion and true/false questions.
Next, read with the class the background information in the section entitled The New Deal. Students then read through twelve paragraph descriptions and must decide which law (Act) or government agency is being described. I go over number 1 with the class, then assign 2-12 for individual work. The students should see a relationship between each description and the name of a law or agency in the list.
The lesson concludes with a Thought Question asking students to decide which three New Deal actions, in their opinion, were of greatest importance. This helps develop critical thinking skills. You can then discuss their answers.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.