New Deal Lesson Plan

 

Unit Essential Question: How do we pursue economic progress?

 

California History/Social Science Standards

 

11.6.2 Understand the explanations of the principal causes of the Great Depression and the steps taken by the Federal Reserve, Congress, and Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to combat the economic crisis.

 

11.6.4 Analyze the effects of and the controversies arising from New Deal economic policies and the expanded role of the federal government in society and the economy since the 1930s (e.g., Works Progress Administration, Social Security, National Labor Relations Board, farm programs, regional development policies, and energy development projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, California Central Valley Project, and Bonneville Dam).

 

Vocabulary

  1. Great Depression
  2. New Deal
  3. Brain Trust
  4. Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  5. Federal Reserve Act
  6. Social Security
  7. Tennessee Valley Authority
  8. Works Progress Administration
  9. National Labor Relations Board
  10. Agriculture Adjustment Act

 

Essential Question: How did we help our economy recover? 

 

Culminating Activity:

 

WPA Poster: Design a new poster to promote one of the relief agencies established by the New Deal

 

 

Day 1

Time: 1.5 hours

Objective: To articulate the meaning and impact of New Deal reforms with special attention to…

  1. Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  2. Federal Reserve Act
  3. Social Security
  4. Tennessee Valley Authority

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Grouping

Warm Up: How does the government today help people who are out of work? 

10

 

 

  1. Read The New Deal
  2. Answer Questions
  3. Check for Understanding

 

  1. What was the New Deal?  (Describe using 5 W’s and H)

 

The New Deal was a series of reforms initiated by President Delano Roosevelt and a democratic Congress aimed at helping the U.S. economy recover from the Great Depression in the 1930s.

 

  1. What is the difference between relief, recovery and reform?

 

In his first 99 days, he proposed, and Congress swiftly enacted, an ambitious "New Deal" to deliver relief to the unemployed and those in danger of losing farms and homes, recovery to agriculture and business, and reform, notably through the inception of the vast Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

 

  1. What was the purpose of the Brain Trust?

 

The Brain Trust was a group of advisers to the president who helped Franklin Delano Roosevelt establish New Deal programs.

 

15

The New Deal

Pairs

Case Studies

Directions: Split class into groups of four.  Present the case.  Give each group an opportunity to discuss.  Have one person from each group share out.  Have students take notes on what actually happened.  Each case study cycle should be 15 min.

  1. Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  2. Federal Reserve Act
  3. Social Security
  4. Tennessee Valley Authority

 

55

Case Studies

 

Case Outcomes

Groups of Four

 

Whole Class

New Deal Legislation

·         Summarize the legislation and outcomes in the graphic organizer for the four cases we studied.

10

New Deal Legislation 

 

HW:

  • Type up reflection to Ning site
  • Comment on two other posts. 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2

Time: 1 hour

Objective: To articulate the meaning and impact of New Deal reforms with special attention to…

  1. Works Progress Administration
  2. National Labor Relations Board
  3. Agriculture Adjustment Act

 

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Warm Up:

  1. What was the New Deal?  (5 W’s and H)

The New Deal was a series of reforms initiated by President Delano Roosevelt and a democratic Congress aimed at helping the U.S. economy recover from the Great Depression in the 1930s.

 

10

 

Case Studies

Directions: Split class into groups of four.  Present the case.  Give each group an opportunity to discuss.  Have one person from each group share out.  Have students take notes on what actually happened.  Each case study cycle should be 15 min.

  1. Works Progress Administration
  2. National Labor Relations Board
  3. Agriculture Adjustment Act

40

Case Studies (2)

Case Outcomes (2)

New Deal Legislation

·         Summarize the legislation and outcomes in the graphic organizer for the four cases we studied.

10

New Deal Legislation 

HW:

  • Type up reflection to Ning site
  • Comment on two other posts. 

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Time: 1.5 hours

Objective: Draw a poster illustrating New Deal legislation 

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Groups

Warm Up:

Display a slideshow of posters from the Works Progress Administration

  1. What objects or activities do these posters show?
  2. What are some common themes?
  3. What story do these posters tell about the United States during the New Deal era?

After Students share out, explain the goal of the WPA.  (See PowerPoint slide)

 

15

PowerPoint

 

Culminating Activity: Art Project 

  • Give students instructions and criteria chart
  • Monitor students as they work and give them feedback. 

40

Colored Pencils

Art Project Instructions, Sample and Criteria Chart

Individual

Gallery Walk

  • Students will exhibit their work
  • Take notes: How do these posters illustrate New Deal Legislation?
  • Share out

15

Notebook

Individual

Administer Quiz

20

Quiz

Key

Individual

 

 

 

 

 

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