FDR AND THE NEW DEAL Learning Experience

Our Greatest President- (1)Was the New Deal a positive step for America?

That’s an essential question for this unit, and you will be developing a foundation of information regarding the New Deal in a lengthy study guide in order to help answer this question. Don’t wait until the last minute on this one!

HERE’S THE GUIDE ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM

HERE IS YOUR SPECIFIC PROGRAM FOR THE ALPHABET SOUP ACTIVITY – MUST HAVE NOTES BY MONDAY/TUESDAY!

Carefully follow directions on all parts of the assignment!

 

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Life During the Great Depression – preparation for April 5/6 class

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 7.47.08 AMYou have seen many of the effects of the Depression on the general public, and also a little bit about the approach of the Hoover administration.  What about specific groups of the population that were affected in various ways?  Remember, the Depression only directly affected one-third of the population – but those that were hit really suffered!  you will be one of those people in our next class as we share depressing stories created by … YOU!

You will be given a role for the next class and will have the opportunity to create a single “scrapbook” page that summarizes your life during the Great Depression.  Consult your section of the  Life During the Depression” reading LifeDuringtheGreatDepression
Life During the Depression” reading and follow the instructions and rubric carefully.  You can check out any other resource you want to consult, especially if you can get a great primary source quote! An  example of an African American during the Depression is available here! Last Hired - Life in the Depression rubric

 

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In class April 3/4 – Hey President Hoover!

It’s me – The guy in the White House when the Depression started!

You have heard some of the basics about the Depression – the stats are pretty … well … depressing, right?  What did the President at the time do in response to the economic crisis?  you watched a brief overview of Herbert Hoover’s response last night, but let’t get into a little more detail by interviewing the 31st President.  Each small group will get a specific question and have a few minutes to construct a response based on Hoover’s ideas and actions. Please check out the links to President Hoover , The Bonus ArmyHoover’s Last Stand, and “President Hoover and the Failure of Conservativism to Ease the Great Depression”,  Hoovervilles,  and “The Bonus Army”, and the “Life in the Bonus Army” scrapbook below.

 

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Assignment April 2 – Goodbye, Roaring 20s – Hello, Depressing 30s!

Hope you did okay in the stock market today, young historian! You got a little crazy there, didn’t it? Crazy enough to cause the greatest financial crisis in American history? Let’s find out.

Obviously, we are moving from the roaring 20s to the very depressing 30s – the Great Depression. To prepare for our next class, your task is to spend some time looking at some basic information about the Great Depression – some arguments for studying it, some general statements and statistics, and an overview of the causes of the economic disaster. Use the document provided in class and the blend space here to get some background knowledge.

In our next class, we will take a look at some of the statistics of the depression, the causes, and how President Hoover handled – or didn’t handle – the challenges of the nation.

 


 

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Stopping the speakeasy bust …

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KNOCK ON THE DOOR

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20s MADvertising – Preparation for March 14/15

Untitled drawing (1)As you learned in your breakout, advertising was a big part of the growing consumer society in the 1920s.  Instead of just informing people about a product, 20s advertisers tried to influence consumers to buy products through the use of slogans, temptation, and guilt. The modern advertisements we see today started in the 20s – can you create one? Let’s find out …

You will receive a 1920s topic in class today, and your goal is to create an advertisement that describes the historical topic and “sells” the topic’s importance to your classmates. Your process is as follows …

  • Research your topic for 10-15 minutes to find out the basic information and importance the topic had in relation to the 1920s (and the present).
  • Create a visual/print advertisement (one page of a Word, Pages, or Google Doc, saved as a PDF) in the tradition of the 1920s. The ad should have visuals and a catch phrase or slogan that helps sell the topic’s importance in the 20s (and today, if possible).
  • Create a 20-30 second radio advertisement to go along with the print ad. The radio advertisement should provide some essential information about the topic and discuss the importance of the topic in the 20s (and today, if possible). The radio ad should be saved as an .mp3.
  • SAVE BOTH ADVERTISEMENTS and upload them on Google Classroom. We will use these in class on Wednesday and Thursday for a little bit of 1920s MADNESS.

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How to save sound as an .mp3 on GarageBand

How to save a document as a .pdf

SOME SOURCES:

The Twenties – Roar or Yawn?

The Roaring Twenties overview from The History Channel

From Shmoop

From the History Channel

From Digital History

Some videos

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Classifying and Evaluating the Roaring 20s

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … a famous opening of a Charles Dickens novel? (yes)  A description of Taft’s hairline?  (no … only the worst there)  A framework for a way to look at the decade of the 1920s?  Absolutely!

You started analyzing the 1920s in class when you broke out of the decade.  Keep filling up those 20s buckets by using   using  America in the 20th Century – The Roaring 20s (usmstudent, wildcats), and also make your way through the 1920s – Roar or Yawn activity. If you are interested, and want some laughs), you can also watch our AHR! friend John Green as he discusses the great decade in The Roaring 20’s: Crash Course US History #32.

Then, on your separate document, start to evaluate the decade by classifying the events and idea of the decade in a different manner – was the decade “The Best of Times” or “The Worst of Times”?  Using your notes and the materials provided online, evaluate the various topics discussed by classifying them as positive or negative legacies of the decade.

 

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THE LEGACY OF WWI – Educate, Commemorate, Honor

After almost three weeks of diving into the role of WWI in America’s story, we are excited to see how you will educate, commemorate, and honor the role of WWI in America’s story.  As you close your current study of WWI (and hopefully continue to investigate this under publicized yet incredibly important part of our country’s story), please take some time (90 seconds) to respond clearly and confidently to the flipgrid prompt below.

I can’t wait to see the World War I National Memorial when it is completed in Washington DC!  Not this, year gang – but we will drive by the site in April. Check out some of the latest designs!

 

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Peace after WWI? Learning Experience for March 6/7

Once the war ended, what happened?  An easy peace treaty meeting in Paris – typical, right?   Not so fast …

For your next class, preview the peace process that came after the war by reading and watching some content concerning the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles. The History Channel also has a decent overview video and reading.  You can also watch Peace, Diplomacy, and Reparation.  As you read and watch, you should be able to :

  • … generally describe Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points.
  • … discuss why the rest of the “Big Four” opposed Wilson’s Fourteen Points.
  • … give a broad outline of the actual peace provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • … discuss why the Treaty of Versailles was opposed by the Senate and some of the public in the US.
  • … describe how the Versailles process was a failure in the goal of continuous world peace.

Please come to class with some questions about the peace process, as we will discuss it in more detail.

You can also spend some time thinking about the legacy of the Great War – The War to End All Wars – World War I. This would be a great section on your WWI target display!

Check out Legacy of the War – World War I Centennial;  World War I Centenary: 100 Legacies of the Great War; A 100-Year Legacy of World War I – The New York Times; and WWI Casualty and Death Tables from PBS to THINK about the overall impact of the Great War, both globally and in the United States.  You may also want to check out the description of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery – four of you will lay a wreath there in six weeks.

 

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