Lesson Plan

The Great Depression

The Great Depression
Stephen Z.
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My Grades 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages

Students will be able to identify what life was like during the depression and its affects. 

Students will be able to understand the Great Depression. 


Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

The teacher will show a video on teacher tube that shows life during the Great Depression. The video exemplifies like during the depression. Once the video is over the teacher will lead a short discussion comparing and contrast the pictures of the people in the video to their lives. How are their lives different? How are they the same? etc. 

2 Direct Instruction

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The teacher will construct a Pre-Test on the app quizlet. The students will be given an iPad and will have to use the iPad to complete the short 10 question Pre-Test. Once the students have completed the Pre-Test they will view a Pow-Toon that the teacher has created. Pow-Toon is an app that lets you customize your presentation in a fun and exciting way. The information in this Pow-Toon covers the dust bowl, life in the Mid-West, life in the US, life individually, how people overcame the depression, and what FDR did to help. The students will be required to use evernote on the iPad to take notes on the Pow-Toon. 

3 Guided Practice

The students will be placed in 3-4 to work together to search http://www.history.com/topics/great-depression on their iPads. The small groups will work together taking notes on Evernote. They will read, watch short videos, and view pictures about FDR and the depression. Once the students have explored the site for appox 40 minutes they will be instructed to visit the speech section of the website. The students read the 2 speeches. ex. FDR fireside chats. The teacher will lead a discussion about the speeches and the meaning behind them. 

4 Independent Practice

The students will use the internet to search speeches during the Great Depression. Each student will pick a different speech. They will look up the person that gave the speech and learn about the person. Then the students will create an iMovie production. The students will give a monologue of the speech. The students are encouraged to dress like the speaker as the act like the person who is giving the speech. The students and teacher will watch the monologues of the students in class. The students and teacher will have a discussion about these people and why they were so important during the great depression. 

5 Wrap- Up

The students will close out the Great Depression with Lyrics Training, The students will work in groups of 2-3 people and pick a song from Lyrics Training. The students will write a parody changing the lyrics to that which would fit the Great Depression. The students using the karaoke portion of the website will preform their song using the alternate lyrics they made. After completing these tasks the students will write an exit slip of what they learned about how singing a song enhanced their knowledge of the Great Depression.