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The Great Depression

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Great Depression

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Timeline
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Great Depression
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Great Depression
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Great Depression

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Teacher Guide

The Great Depression

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Research, review or discuss the events and causes of the Great Depression from the below activities.

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart for the Great Depression:

  • What do you already know about the Great Depression?
  • What do you want to know about the Great Depression?
  • How could you learn more?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Timeline
    Causes

    Complete after reading, discussion or research.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Timeline
    Effects

    Complete after reading, discussion or research.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Dust Bowl

    Complete after reading, discussion or research.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for one or more important historical figures from the Great Depression.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Research one major event leading up to the Great Depression and report your findings with a Poster.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart for the Great Depression:

  • What did you learn about the Great Depression?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • What was the most surprising or unexpected thing you learned?
  • How does this relate to other events, ideas or people you learned about in history?
  • What would you still like to know about the Great Depression?
  • How could you learn more?
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Pixton Activity: The Great Depression 1 Causes

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  • Storyboard
  • Timeline

Intro

Review the causes of the Great Depression:

  • During the "Roaring Twenties", there was an unequal distribution of wealth in industry and agriculture. More than 60% of Americans lived below the poverty line, while 5% of the population earned 33% of the income, and the richest 1% had 40% of the wealth.
  • Post WWI, America led the economy and Europe experienced an economic decline, but they began defaulting on American loans and buying less American products.
  • There were few regulations in the stock market so risky speculation created falsely high stock prices that could not be paid off when the stock market fell and investors wanted to withdraw funds.
  • Panic selling between September 3rd and October 29th, 1929 caused the Dow Jones to fall from 381 points to 41 points.
  • Since so many investors withdrew their money, more than 11,000 of the nation’s 25,000 banks closed.
  • Since so many investors withdrew their money, banks could not lend money or offer credit. Without credit, people stopped spending.
  • Demand for products and services fell causing businesses to fail and unemployment rates to rise to 25%
  • Simultaneously, a drought, known as the Dust Bowl, lasted from 1930 to 1936, destroying a million acres of farmland and hundreds of thousands of farmers' livelihoods.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Timeline that summarizes the causes of the Great Depression:

  • Identify the cause in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Great Depression 2 Effects

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  • Storyboard
  • Timeline

Intro

Review the effects of the Great Depression:

  • From 1933 - 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal executed programs to help reduce unemployment and poverty. It included many services, regulations, subsidies, work creation programs, the Public Works Administration and the National Recovery Administration.
  • The New Deal increased the role of government in people’s lives.
  • The Dust Bowl led to mass migrations from rural to urban areas.
  • "Survivors" of the Depression experienced a cultural shift as they became frugal with money and food, and distrustful of banks and the stock market for the rest of their lives

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Timeline that summarizes the effects of the Great Depression:

  • Identify the effect in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Storyboard

Great Depression Effects by Student

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Pixton Activity: The Great Depression 3 Dust Bowl

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the events of the Dust Bowl:

  • During the economic Depression, a drought, known as the Dust Bowl, lasted from 1930 to 1936, destroying millions of acres of farmland and hundreds of thousands of farmers' livelihoods.
  • Drought, over planting, and severe wind storms caused the topsoil to blow off, leading to the name, the Dust Bowl.
  • Mass Migration: About 200,000 farmers lost their farms and incomes, and became hobos (homeless vagrants who wandered in search of work), travelling by car or boxcar to California for migrant farm opportunities.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to illustrate the Dust Bowl:

  • Identify the event in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Storyboard

The Dust Bowl by Student

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