Lesson Plans – Unit 7
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
The Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal (5 days)
Overview and Purpose: The Great Depression was an United States History TEKS (Exit Level):
economic slump in North America, Europe, and other 113.32.C.24.A - The student is expected to locate
industrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and and use primary and secondary sources such as
lasted until about 1939. It was the longest and most computer software, databases, media and news
severe depression ever experienced by the services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to
industrialized Western world. acquire information
113.32.C.01.C - The student is expected to
Though the U.S. economy had gone into depression six explain the significance of the following dates:
months earlier, the Great Depression may be said to 1898, 1914-1918, 1929, 1941-1945, and 1957.
have begun with a catastrophic collapse of stock-market 113.32.C.13.B - The student is expected to
prices on the New York Stock Exchange in October analyze the causes of the Great Depression,
1929. During the next three years stock prices in the including the decline in worldwide trade, the stock
United States continued to fall, until by late 1932 they market crash, and bank failures.
had dropped to only about 20 percent of their value in 113.32.C.13.D - The student is expected to
1929. Besides ruining many thousands of individual evaluate the effectiveness of New Deal measures
investors, this precipitous decline in the value of assets in ending the Great Depression.
greatly strained banks and other financial institutions, 113.32.C.19.B - The student is expected to
particularly those holding stocks in their portfolios. Many evaluate the contributions of significant political
banks were consequently forced into insolvency; by and social leaders in the United States such as
1933, 11,000 of the United States' 25,000 banks had Andrew Carnegie, Shirley Chisholm, and Franklin
failed. The failure of so many banks, combined with a D. Roosevelt.
general and nationwide loss of confidence in the 113.32.C.13.E - The student is expected to
economy, led to much-reduced levels of spending and analyze how various New Deal agencies and
demand and hence of production, thus aggravating the programs such as the Federal Deposit Insurance
downward spiral. The result was drastically falling output Corporation, the Securities and Exchange
and drastically rising unemployment; by 1932, U.S. Commission, and Social Security continue to
manufacturing output had fallen to 54 percent of its 1929 affect the lives of U.S. citizens.
level, and unemployment had risen to between 12 and 113.32.C.15.A - The student is expected to
15 million workers, or 25-30 percent of the work force. evaluate the impact of New Deal legislation on the
historical roles of state and federal governments
113.32.C.16.B - The student is expected to
evaluate the impact of events, including Franklin
Roosevelt's attempt to increase the number of
U.S. Supreme Court justices, on the relationships
among the legislative, executive, and judicial
branches of government.
Objectives 1. Explain the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
2. Analyze the causes of the Great Depression.
3. Examine how unemployment during the Great Depression affected the lives of
American workers, farmers and families.
4. Demonstrate how popular culture offered an escape from the Great Depression.
5. Explain why President Hoover opposed government sponsored direct relief for
individuals during the Great Depression.
6. Summarize the relief efforts of the Hoover Administration.
7. Explain how the New Deal provided relief for the unemployed, industries, banking and
8. Examine the criticisms aimed at the New Deal programs.
9. Recount the effects of the Dust Bowl.
10. Evaluate the effectiveness of the various New Deal programs in ending the Great
Vocabulary - bull market - margin buying - business cycle
- bear market - New Deal - shantytown (Hooverville)
- breadlines - bank holiday - Tennessee Valley Authority
- depression - WPA - Reconstruction Finance Corp.
- Securities and Exchange Commission - National Industrial Recovery Act
Teacher Day 1
Presentation Introduce Illustrated Dictionary Definitions for the Great Depression.
Students will complete this for homework.
Introduce “The Great Depression PowerPoint.”
Have students take notes during the PowerPoint presentation. This is also posted on
Complete PowerPoint Presentation: “The Great Depression.”
Have students take notes on the PowerPoint presentation.
Introduce three Brainpop activities
a. Great Depression Causes “Where did all the money go?”
b. Great Depression “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”
c. The New Deal “The Light at the End of the Tunnel.”
Student Work Day.
Work on Brainpop Activities. Due at end of period.
Introduce „”Alphabet Soup: FDR‟s New Deal.” Watch the videos and complete the poster.
Student Work Day. Complete the Alphabet Soup poster.
Introduce Test Review
Students will use the test review to take the test.
Administer the test over the Roaring Twenties.
Student Notebook Student Notebook Activities
(Most of this work will 1. Unit 8 Illustrated Dictionary Definitions. The Great Depression
be completed in 2. PowerPoint Notes – The Great Depression
class) 3. Three Brainpop Screenshots. The Great Depression
4. Alphabet Soup Poster over Great Depression videos.
Assessment – Unit 8 Test: Unit 8 – The Great Depression
Unit Day Activities Timeline – 5 days
Sequencing: Unit 8 – The Great Depression
Laptops Not Needed
Day 1 Warm Up – Define Great Depression.
1. Have students share their answers with their table partners.
2. Take notes as you participate in the classrooom presentation of the PowerPoint for the
3. Illustrated Dictionary Definitions – The Great Depression. Turn this in for homework.
Day 2 1. Warm up – Complete your Illustrated Dictionary Definitions for the Great Depression
and turn them in.
2. Complete PowerPoint Presentation: “The Great Depression.”
3. Go to Blackboard and complete the three Brainpop activities you will find there.
Directions: Log on to www.brainpop.com. username: acadirving. password: academy.
Watch the following three videos and take the quiz at the end of each one. Copy and
paste a screen shot of each of your three quiz results onto the same Word document.(Be
sure to open your start menu so I can see your name in the screen shot.) Email Mrs.
Bradley the document at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Great Depression Causes ("Where did all the money go?")
2. Great Depression ("Brother, can you spare a dime?")
3. New Deal ("Light at the end of the tunnel.")
Day 3 1. Warm up – Complete the three Brainpop activities
2. Student directed workday. Work on Brainpop activities and the Alphabet Soup: FDR‟s
New Deal Programs” video poster.
Directions: Download the videos and watch them to complete your Alphabet Soup activity.
You also need to read pages 466-475 in your textbook for information
Alphabet Soup: Using a Word document; create a POSTER for the people of the 1930s
which gives the details of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal plan for recovery
from the Great Depression. On your poster include the following:
1. Explain what the New Deal is. Make sure you use information from the videos.
2. List and explain four of the New Deal "Alphabet Soup Programs." Be sure to include
3. Include at least two photographs of people participating in the programs.
4. Make sure your name and period number appears on the front of the poster.
5. Email your poster to Mrs. Bradley at email@example.com.
Day 4 1. Warm Up: Define “New Deal”
2. Student directed workday. Complete New Deal “Alphabet Soup” video poster and
Great Depression test review.
3. Complete the test review over Chapters 15 and 16 for homework
Laptops Not Needed
Day 5 Test: The Great Depression and FDR‟s New Deal, Chapters 15 and 16.