Six (This will take 2-3 days.)
The Dust Bowl Years
The Great Depression and New Deal
Eighth Grade U.S. History from 1880
From reading first hand accounts/articles, and viewing photo images of theDust Bowl period, students will be able to:Identify the causes that led up to the Dust Bowl, empathize with the impact it had on people livingin the Dust Bowl region, and understand the response of New Deal program, the AgriculturalAdjustment Act (1933).2.
Students will be introduced to the Dust Bowl by use of a series of overheads. Displayhandouts #1 and #2 on transparencies. Have them make hypothesize about how the DustBowl will have an impact on people, and how the federal government will respond. Theprediction page is handout #3.
Distribute Vocabulary Sheet, handout #3.
Show images of the dust bowling using the pictures provided, or making a slide show onPPT. –Handout #45 To extend this part of the lesson, ask students to select one image, andto write about what happened
the photo was snapped.
Articles: Students will read the two articles (handouts #6 & #7.) FLEE DUST BOWL FOR CALIF., and ALONG THE ROAD
in small groups, discussing and writing answers to thequestions at the end of each article. After reading the two articles, students will write lettersto the editor of
responding to the one of the pieces. In your letter, students will comment about the conditions of the migrant farmers and what theythink must be done for them.Day Two:
The New Deal’s, Aka, Roosevelt’s, response to the farm crisis and Dust Bowl. Explain tostudents that the Agricultural Adjustment Act and Agency, attempted to run programs toteach \ better farming techniques and provide relief subsidies for farmers. Read Handout #9and #10, and discuss the questions at the end of each page. Examine with students thecartoons portray FDR. Which ones were supportive? Critical?
Ask students to draw their own cartoons showing the benefits of the AAA and thehelp it will give to farmers, or cartoons critical of the AAA.Day Three:
Critics of Farm Relief: Introduce the two articles (Handouts # 11 and #12) one form the
St.Paul Pioneer Press
The New York Times
. Read and discuss the articles with the classor in small groups and analyze why the farmers lost faith in the promises made in the NewDeal’s AAA program. Ask students if they feel that it was realistic to think that the NewDeal would be able to provide for everyone.