ERIC Number: ED475844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-10
Reference Count: N/A
Figuring Somepin 'bout the Great Depression. Learning Page Lesson Plan.
McElroy, Amy; Pietsch, Chris
These 10th and 11th grade lessons plans related to the Great Depression and the novel "The Grapes of Wrath" help students to: develop research skills and strategies, such as keyword searches, for finding information; recognize and use the different voices of migrants; and understand the politics of migration and the Great Depression. By examining primary sources, including songs, newspapers, interviews, and photographs of migrant farm workers in California during the Great Depression, students create a scrapbook from the point of view of a migrant worker, providing evidence of the colloquial speech used by the migrants and the issues affecting their lives. Using "Voices from the Dust Bowl, 1940-1941" and Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) photographs, students select photographs and use the sound recordings of voices of the migrant workers to create captions, letters, and/or songs based on these primary sources. The four lesson plans focus on: analyzing a photograph; gathering voices; analyzing issues; and putting it all together. Includes links to the FSA/OWI Photographs and the "Voices from the Dust Bowl," and lists four other electronic and print resources. (PM)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, High Schools, Interviews, Lesson Plans, Photographs, Politics, Primary Sources, Research Skills, Songs, Standard Spoken Usage, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods
The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20540. Tel: 202-707-5000. For full text: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/index.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.