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The Depression and the New Deal
Web Activity Lesson Plans
"Life During the Great Depression"
In this chapter students read about the stock market crash and its effects on America. People lost their jobs, their money, and their homes. In this time of crisis many families drew closer together, while others broke apart. Many young people left their families to find work. President Roosevelt created programs to meet the needs of those who had lost so much. In this activity students will take a closer look at what life was like during the Great Depression.
In this activity students will visit a Web site on the Great Depression maintained by the Michigan Historical Museum System. Of particular importance on this site are the interviews with people from the Depression, found at the link People remember the Great Depression. After answering several questions students will write the script for a skit about life during the Depression. If possible, after rehearsing, allow them time to perform their skits for the class.
- The learner will be able to analyze a change in attitude that was a result of the Depression.
- The learner will be able to compare prices during the Depression to prices today.
- The learner will be able to create and perform a skit about life during the Depression.
Student Web Activity Answers
- People at first thought it was a disgrace to accept assistance. They later realized that anyone could lose their jobs, homes, and money.
- They were given food, lodging, and a small stipend in exchange for their labor.
- woman's sweater—$1.00, doll—$1.95, sewing machine—$23.95, washing machine—$33.50
- Students' skits will vary.