The Great Depression & Dirty Thirties is brought to you by Reading Through History.  It includes 162 pages of student activities dealing with the causes, figures, events, and consequences of the Great Depression.

The Great Depression & The Dirty Thirties

This teacher’s workbook is divided into ten complete units and includes
answer keys for each activity. This is the go-to resource for any U.S. history teacher in need of information or student activities related to the 1930s. This resource manual is sure to be a perfect fit for any classroom, middle school or above, in need of resources for the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, or the 1930s.

There are 40 reading lessons in all, and each has several pages of student activities to accompany the reading, including multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary exercises, and student response essay questions.

Topics include the causes of the Great Depression, Black Tuesday, Hoovervilles, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, The New Deal, and the Dust Bowl.  Additional topics included: The Bonus Army, New Deal programs such as the WPA, CCC, TVA, the Federal Music Project, and the Federal Theatre Project.  Biographies featuring notable figures of the 1930s such as Woody Guthrie, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Mitchell, Huey P. Long, Amelia Earhart, Will Rogers, and John Steinbeck.

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Causes of the Great Depression Unit coverCauses of the Great Depression:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with the era. The first lesson covers the Causes of the Great Depression, explaining the factors which led to the crisis. The next three lessons cover Black Tuesday, Hoovervilles and the Bonus Army, and Daily Life in the 1930s in detail.

This PDF download includes four reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: Causes of the Great Depression, the stock market crash, Black Tuesday, consumerism, buying on margin, installment buying, Hoovervilles, the Bonus Army, daily life in the 1930s and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


Roosevelt Unit coverHerbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with the presidencies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt. The first lesson covers Herbert Hoover, explaining his life and his reaction to the onset of the Great Depression. The next three lessons cover Franklin Roosevelt, his election, his first inauguration speech, and his “New Deal” to take on the Great Depression.

This PDF download includes four reading activities followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and student response essay questions. Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: Herbert Hoover, laissez-faire economics, the Hoover Dam, Franklin Roosevelt, the New Deal, 22nd Amendment, Roosevelt’s court packing plan, the 1933 inaugural address (“the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself”), the First 100 Days, the Brain Trust, the
Federal Emergency Relief Act, the Agricultural Adjustment Act and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


New Deal coverThe New Deal: The WPA, CCC, and TVA

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. The first lesson covers the New Deal, explaining the concept and how the programs were implemented. The next three lessons cover the Works Progress Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Tennessee Valley Authority in detail.

This PDF download includes four reading activities followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: the New Deal, the three R’s (relief, recovery, and reform), Second New Deal, WPA, CCC, TVA, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Administration, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Security Exchange Commission, the Household Service Demonstration Project and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


Radio in the 1930s coverMusic and Radio in the 1930s

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with radio and music in the 1930s. The first covers the role radio played in the daily life of Americans living in that era. The following three lessons include the Federal Music Project, big bands and swing music, and a description of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast and the hysteria it caused.

This PDF download includes four reading activities followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer, and a student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: popularity of radio, soap operas, Flash Gordon, The Lone Ranger, Amos & Andy, The Shadow, Jack Benny, Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, Federal Music Project, big bands, swing music, Duke Ellington, the Cotton Club, Benny Goodman, swing music slang, Orson Welles, War of the Worlds and more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


 

Movies in the 1930s cover 03Movies and Celebrities of the 1930s

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with the movies and popular entertainers of the 1930s. The first covers the blockbuster movies of the 1930s, including the Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. The following three lessons include separate biographies about Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple, and Will Rogers, including descriptions of what these entertainers meant to the American public during that difficult era.

This PDF download includes four reading activity followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer, and student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: The Jazz Singer, Clark Gable, Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, the Little Rascals, matinees, Bing Crosby, White Christmas, Shirley Temple, Will Rogers and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


Dust Bowl cover 03The Dust Bowl:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with the Dust Bowl. The first lesson covers the causes of the Dust Bowl, explaining the factors which led to the crisis. The next three lessons cover Black Blizzards, Dust Storm Preparations, and Dust Bowl Pests.

This PDF download includes four reading activity followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer, and student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: the Dust Bowl, “rain will follow the plow”, black blizzards, soil erosion, Black Sunday, dust pneumonia, dust storm preparations, jack rabbits, grasshoppers, static electricity and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


Okies coverThe Okies

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with those who came to be known as Okies. The first lesson tells the story of those who migrated from the Dust Bowl region, explaining the factors which led to their departure and the troubles they faced in California. The second lesson deals the novel The Grapes of Wrath, giving a brief outline of the book and the impact it had on American society. The third lesson is a biography of John Steinbeck and his illustrious career as an author. In the final lesson, Woody Guthrie and his music career are documented, including the impact he had on American culture.

This PDF download includes four reading activity followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer, and student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: the Dust Bowl, Okie migration to California, migrant fruit picking, treatment of the Okies, Little Oklahomas, John
Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Woody Guthrie, “This Land is Your Land”
and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


Demagogues coverThe Demagogues

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with powerful political figures during the decade of the 1930s. The first covers the life and political career of Huey P. Long. The following three lessons include biographies of John L. Lewis, founder of the CIO, Father Coughlin, priest of the Shrine of the Little Flower Church, and Oklahoma Governor “Alfalfa” Bill Murray.

This PDF download includes four reading activity followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer, and student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: Huey P. Long, “Share the Wealth”, John L. Lewis, Congress of Industrial Organizations, General Motors Strike, Father Charles Coughlin, the importance of religion in the 1930s, the Union Party, the Christian Front, “Alfalfa” Bill Murray and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


Womens Unit coverWomen of the 1930s

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with major female figures of the 1930s. The first covers the life and contributions of Eleanor Roosevelt. The following three lessons include biographies of Margaret Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

This PDF download includes four reading activity followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer, and student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: Eleanor Roosevelt and her impact on the roll of First Lady, as well as her influence in both the women’s rights and civil rights movements.  Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, Babe Didrikson Zaharias and the impact these women had regarding the expectations of women in society.

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

 


Art in the 30s coverArt & Technology

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with art and technology in the 1930s. The first covers the prominent art and architecture of the decade. The following three lessons include a biography of photographer Dorothea Lange, a summary of the Federal Theatre Project, and a description of the New York World’s Fair in 1939 where many great new inventions and innovations were displayed to the public for the first time.

This PDF download includes four reading activity followed by multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer, and student response essay questions.  Each lesson includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to answer!

Topics included in this unit: American Gothic, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Federal Arts Project, Art Deco, Dorothea Lange, “The Migrant Mother”, Federal Theatre Project, The Cradle Will Rock, Revolt of the Beavers, 1939 World’s Fair, “The World of Tomorrow”, television, color photography and
much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30-45 minutes.

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