The 1930's: Those were the Days
July 22nd at UNC Loveland Campus at Centerra
Discover how the Library of Congress’ primary sources can help you reach standards and curriculum goals in your classroom. Use the wealth of primary sources from the 1930s focusing on the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and The New Deal to expand teaching and learning for your students. Practice expanding textbook reports with primary sources; construct a lesson-ending summary; utilize informational texts and hypothesis testing to help achieve the standards and deepen understanding.
Pre-requisite: Essentials Exploration workshop.
New Deal Periodic table http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/education/resources/periodictable.html
I. Stories from the Great Depression
Stories in images
Stories through the spoken and written word
Oral Histories/Slave Narratives – texts from Federal Writers’ Project
Unique challenges of Oral Histories
Capturing folklife of migrant camps – Voices from the Dust Bowl
- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 http://www.loc.gov/collection/federal-writers-project/about-this-collection/
- Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
- Voices from the Days of Slavery
- Voices from the Dust Bowl http://www.loc.gov/collections/todd-and-sonkin-migrant-workers-from-1940-to-1941/about-this-collection/
II. Exploring Library of Congress 1930s online collections and resources
Guided exploration of www.loc.gov
III. Government role in relief, recovery and reform: the legacy
The Narrative Arc: Individuals and Government
A window into WPA programs: art and persuasion
Investigating messages and benefits
- About FAP Posters
- WPA Posters - http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/
- Interactive analysis tool from National Archives:
- Assessment of Credibility
The New Deal and Congress.gov
A stronger federal government
Examining ways that legislation affects society
IV. More stories from the Great Depression
Themes in Literature and Film
Sample Titles – participant sharing (what books do you teach?)
Out of the Dust activity, Lesson Plan
Graduate Credit Information
Overview of Assignment for credit
(will be available in more detail on Blackboard)
Following the face-to-face workshop, you will be creating a lesson plan that integrates primary sources from the Library of Congress and focuses on inquiry learning. The course will continue in the Blackboard online environment, and will provide opportunities for you to interact and share your progress. The course will last approximately four weeks with the final assignment due August 15.
- During the first three weeks, you will complete a portion of the lesson plan, using templates provided. You will submit these and provide feedback for other students’ lesson progress.
- A protocol is provided to guide you in providing peer review of others’ lessons.
- The fourth week you will revise the components of your lesson and submit a final cohesive plan.
Please contact your facilitator if you have questions.