The purpose of this activity is to help students understand the inaction of Presidents during the 1920s and how this lack of leadership effected people just before and during the Great Depression.
Cut out and pass the cards to students so they will be assigned “roles.”
For the students who select the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover, take their small cards and exchange them with the large cards. They will use these to respond to the other students.
Serve as moderator and call upon each student by number to read their card to the President.
As the Presidents respond the same, students will get the sense that these Presidents did very little to solve problems.
Follow up this assignment with the graphic organizer and the essay, “Government Inaction Leads to Depression.”
After the role play, students fill in their graphic organizer using the notes and then use that information to write an essay.
Designed for 2 - 3 block style classes of 90 minutes each.