Tell students we will be exploring multimedia resources about the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Ask what background information they have about the topic from social studies or prior reading. Explain that lesson will give them greater comprehension of the setting of the novel Of Mice and Men, and some insight into the characters' motivations.
Show the introductory video to Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl on PBS Learning Media.
Students will use the Dust Bowl Migration Primary Source Set found on the Library of Congress teachers' website: <http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/dust-bo... Have students use the graphic organizers found on the site as they view the photos and other primary source documents. Working in groups, students will then choose from the following topics for research: Migration to California, conditions that led to the Dust Bowl, FSA camps, farm life in California, ballads and oral history during the Great Depression, Civilian Conservation Corps, FSA photographers,
Students will produce short research projects using Google Presentation in their Google Drive accounts. All collaborative work will be done in Google Drive, including note taking, bibliography, queries to the teacher.
Using primary source images and documents, (and using proper attribution) students will create found poems and present them on Haiku Deck. Each student in the group will be reponsible for one slide with a found poem.
Each student will respond on a teacher-created Voicethread. Students must share something they learned or were reminded of, and must respond to at least two other students' comments. Voicethread allows all students to have a voice in the discussion of the material in a way that a classroom discussion may not. Honors students may also record a reading of their found poems and share via WeVideo.