July 8, 2020

Literature Links: Esperanza Rising

This lesson is available through Emerging America, a TPS Consortium partner from Massachusetts and was created by Elena T. Danek. Access the full lesson plan by clicking the link below. Historical Fiction: Setting Study through Primary Sources of the Novel Esperanza Rising This two-day lesson is based on students acquiring a better understanding of the effects the Great Depression had on migrant workers and their children as portrayed in the novel: Esperanza Rising. The use of photographs, … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Bonus Veterans

Carefully study the details of the Bonus Veterans photograph above. Brainstorm a list of questions you would need answered in order to write an article about this image. Share your questions with an elbow partner, then investigate this primary source image set to see what questions you were able to answer. Write a brief summary of what you learned. Work in groups to review the Washington, D.C. Evening Star coverage of the "Bonus Army" (see links below). Read the headlines and first couple of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Great Depression

Primary source sets & activities Teaching Now: Determining the Main Idea of a Text Primary Source Learning: Great Depression & World War II Primary Source Set Dust Bowl Migration includes teacher's guide American Memory Timeline: Great Depression and World War II 1929-1945, background information with select primary sources & teaching activities American Memory Timeline: Photographing People of the Great Depression Lesson plans American Lives in Two … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Immigration

Primary source sets with teaching guides Immigration Challenges for New Americans Mexican American Migrations and Communities Primary Source Learning: Immigration Primary Source Set Puerto Rican Identity Primary source lesson plans The American West: Images of Its People 6-8 Child Immigrant Experiences of Early 1900s and Today 3-5 Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local 6-8, 9-12 Historical Fiction: Setting Study through Primary Sources of the Novel … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Poets & Poetry

Found Poetry activities Found poetry primary source set Found poetry primary source activities Guided primary source analysis activities The Banks of the Yellow River Dedication by Robert Frost Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession The Poem Woman and Child Learning from the Source lessons Ballad of Booker T. The Declaration, Her Declaration, Your Declaration The Negro Speaks of Rivers Pairing Pictures & Poems to Tell Stories Putting Loss … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Great Depression & World War II Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the period 1929-1945. At the depths of the great depression, which followed the stock market crash in October 1929, over one-quarter of the American workforce was out of work. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a variety of "New Deal" programs and told U.S. citizens that there was nothing to fear but fear itself. Although the United States tried to stay out of World War II, eventually, the wartime economy would … [Read more...]

Today in History: Works Progress Administration

Today in History–April 8–the Library of Congress features the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was funded by the the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, approved on this day in 1935. This national works program, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, employed more than 8.5 million people on 1.4 million public projects before it was disbanded in 1943. Learn more about the Library's treasure trove of WPA materials by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Great Depression

Today in History–July 8–the Library of Congress features the Great Depression, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to its lowest point on this day in 1932. During the Great Depression many families lost their homes because they could not pay their mortgages so they sought alternative forms of shelter. Groups of these makeshift houses were often referred to as Hoovervilles (see image above), named after President Hoover, who was blamed for the problems that led to the depression. Learn more … [Read more...]