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

I. Stories from the Great Depression

Finding the Narrative Arc: Depression and Hope

Stories in images

Gallery Walk FSA photos
FSA/OFI black and white photos
Questions generate thinking
Thinking generates questions

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

FSA FWP Connections



II. Exploring Library of Congress 1930s online collections and resources

Guided exploration of

Collection Tool


III. Government role in relief, recovery and reform: the legacy

The Narrative Arc: Individuals and Government

WPA Posters

A window into WPA programs: art and persuasion
Investigating messages and benefits


The New Deal and

(computer lab)
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


V. Wrap-Up:


Graduate Credit Information

Registration Form
Bear Mail and Registration


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.


Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII