Living During the Great Depression

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    1. 1. Living During the Depression Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] A WebQuest for High School U.S. History Designed by Theresa K. Early [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Flikr: pingnews.com
    2. 2. Introduction Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] The roaring twenties are coming to a close and most people are living it up, as the prosperous times we live in seem endless. However, on October 1929 the stock market crashes leaving many jobless, homeless, and penniless. What will happen to the different groups that the United States is composed of during this tumultuous time? How will life change, how will people react, how will the nation ever recover?
    3. 3. The Task Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] <ul><li>The stock market crash of 1929 left the entire nation reeling. Few escaped the lasting economic effects that it caused. It is your job to become an expert of the Great Depression. You will conduct your research by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading your textbook; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewing pictures of the time period; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading research done by experts ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding timelines of the period; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading primary documents of people from various backgrounds; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each person in the group my want to focus on a specific cultural group. Then discuss your findings with each other. Using all of your gathered information begin to think about how specific groups were effected by the Great Depression. </li></ul><ul><li>Once all of your information is compiled you will get the chance to act out and present the story of one specific cultural group. This will be done by creating, scripting, and filming a video that will show changes that your chosen group experienced during the period. </li></ul>Title
    4. 4. The Process Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Get ready to time warp! You will be acting out the lives of people who lived almost a century ago. First you will be split into groups by your teacher. You all will have to research but feel free to split up the work load so that everyone is researching something different. You have the responsibility of finding out about various culture groups living in the U.S. during the Great Depression. You will also be responsible for understanding how the Great Depression started, how it ended, and legislation that passed during this time. After discussing your findings, as a group you will decide on one group whose lives you want to recreate. Come cultural groups include: African Americans , people of Asian background, farmers , Hispanics . There are many more groups that you can chose from these are just a few examples, feel free to find one on your own. The Process Continued
    5. 5. The Process Continued Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] <ul><li>Now that you have decided on a cultural group </li></ul><ul><li>to represent your assignment is the </li></ul><ul><li>following: </li></ul><ul><li>First create a story line which explains various aspects of the Great depression including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How it started; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it effected your group during different times and due to various events; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How your group adapted; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What brought about the end. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next, write a script. Make sure everyone has a part and include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costume and prop ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stage directions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decide if you want to film your play or present it LIVE to the rest of the class. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Pre-Production Evaluation Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Production Evaluation
    7. 7. Production Evaluation Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
    8. 8. Conclusion Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Your production is getting rave reviews!!!! You have finished this project and now have a better understanding of The Great Depression. You should know how it started, how it effected the people of America during the period, legislation that passed during the period, and how the U.S. came out of it. You and your fellow classmates now have seen how people during the period lived, worked, and survived. Although you and your cultural group have been through some trying times The Depression ended leaving all of you stronger.
    9. 9. Credits & References Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] This WebQuest was created by Theresa Early a student at Colorado State University studying in the School of Education . It was completed during the summer semester of 2008 as a project for the class EDUC 331. Links used include: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/wwii http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/wwii http://www.allabouthistory.org/life-during-the-great-depression.htm http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/timeline/depwwii/race/race.html http://www.gusmorino.com/pag3/greatdepression/ http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/timeline/depwwii/depwar.html http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/connections_n2/great_depression.html http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/depression/about.htm http://flickr.com/search/?q=great+depression&l=cc&ct=0 http://tinyurl.com/6glzy6 http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/life_30.html http://www.museumca.org/picturethis/3_7.html http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/depression/summary.html http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/egd_01/egd_01_00051.html http://www.stock-market-crash.net/1929.htm More Credits & References
    10. 10. More Credits & References Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Based on a template provided by EDUC 331 I would like to thank pingnews.com of Flickr for providing the picture on my main page. I would also like to thank WebQuest and Slideshare.
    11. 11. [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion A WebQuest for High School U.S. History Designed by Theresa K. Early [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Living During the Depression Flikr: pingnews.com
    12. 12. Introduction (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson was designed to provide students with a greater understanding of the Great Depression. Each member of the group is included in the research and the final product of this lesson. The groups must all research the causes of, legislation during, and reason for the end of The Great Depression. They must also understand how different cultural groups within the United States were effected by changes that occurred during the period. The students then create a play/video complete with script that will be presented to the class. When completing this WebQuest, students will use various sources to compile research including: the internet, textbooks, and primary documents. Guidelines The teacher should be sure to provide ample amounts of time to work on this project if filming is included. Also, the teacher should be aware that presentations will also take a large amount of time to get through. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
    13. 13. Learners (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson is designed to cover content for 9-12 grade in the state of Colorado for the content area of history. The lesson is designed to develop research strategies. Students also will get experience in creative writing and performance arts . Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
    14. 14. Curriculum Standards (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This WebQuest was designed to relate to the Colorado Model Content Standards for History. History 1.1 Students know the general chronological order of events and people in history. Students will have to understand the events that led up toand characterize the Great Depression. 2.2 Students know how to interpret and evaluate primary and secondary sources of historical information. Students have to use both primary and secondary sources to develop the project. 4.2 Students understand how economic factors have influenced historical events. The basis for this project is to analyze the causes of the Great Depression which is the largest economic failures in United States History. 5.2 Students know how various systems of government have developed and functioned throughout history. Students will have to research legislation that was passed during the Great Depression. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
    15. 15. [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion This is the general process that students have to follow to complete this assignment. Please feel free to adapt it as needed. Get ready to time warp! You will be acting out the lives of people who lived almost a century ago. First you will be split into groups by your teacher. You all will have to research but feel free to split up the work load so that everyone is researching something different. You have the responsibility of finding out about various culture groups living in the U.S. during the Great Depression. You will also be responsible for understanding how the Great Depression started, how it ended, and legislation that passed during this time. After discussing your findings, as a group you will decide on one group whose lives you want to recreate. Come cultural groups include: African Americans , people of Asian background, farmers , Hispanics . There are many more groups that you can chose from these are just a few examples, feel free to find one on your own. The Process The Process Continued II
    16. 16. [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion <ul><li>Now that you have decided on a cultural group to represent your assignment is the </li></ul><ul><li>following: </li></ul><ul><li>First create a story line which explains various aspects of the Great depression including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How it started; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it effected your group during different times and due to various events; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How your group adapted; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What brought about the end. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next, write a script. Make sure everyone has a part and include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costume and prop ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stage directions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decide if you want to film your play or present it LIVE to the rest of the class. </li></ul>The Process Continued II
    17. 17. Resources (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Links used include: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/wwii http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/wwii http://www.allabouthistory.org/life-during-the-great-depression.htm http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/timeline/depwwii/race/race.html http://www.gusmorino.com/pag3/greatdepression/ http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/timeline/depwwii/depwar.html http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/connections_n2/great_depression.html http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/depression/about.htm http://flickr.com/search/?q=great+depression&l=cc&ct=0 http://tinyurl.com/6glzy6 http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/life_30.html http://www.museumca.org/picturethis/3_7.html http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/depression/summary.html http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/egd_01/egd_01_00051.html http://www.stock-market-crash.net/1929.htm Library books on the subject and the course textbook should also be used. Photo provided by Flickr: pingnews.com Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
    18. 18. Evaluation (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Evaluation II
    19. 19. Evaluation II (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
    20. 20. Teacher Script (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This WebQuest is designed for older students and therefore a script is not needed. Explanation and clarification should be given when necessary. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
    21. 21. Conclusion (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson is relevant for high school students because everyone was effected by the Great Depression no matter the race, creed, religion, or political affiliation. Students will gain a greater understanding for what actually happened during the Great Depression not just the names of important people and dates of events. They will have to understand when events happened and what caused them to happen in specific orders and how those events effected particular sections of the population not just broad generalizations. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
    22. 22. Credits & References (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion This WebQuest was created by Theresa Early a student at Colorado State University studying in the School of Education . It was completed during the summer semester of 2008 as a project for the class EDUC 331. Links used include: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/wwii http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/wwii http://www.allabouthistory.org/life-during-the-great-depression.htm http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/timeline/depwwii/race/race.html http://www.gusmorino.com/pag3/greatdepression/ http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/timeline/depwwii/depwar.html http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/connections_n2/great_depression.html http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/depression/about.htm http://flickr.com/search/?q=great+depression&l=cc&ct=0 http://tinyurl.com/6glzy6 http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/life_30.html http://www.museumca.org/picturethis/3_7.html http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/depression/summary.html http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/egd_01/egd_01_00051.html http://www.stock-market-crash.net/1929.htm To page 2 of C&R
    23. 23. Credits & References II (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Based on a template provided by EDUC 331 I would like to thank pingnews.com of Flickr for providing the picture on my main page. I would also like to thank WebQuest and Slideshare.

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