Grade 10 Unit 5 Great Depression and New Deal

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  U.S. History                                                                  

Grade:  10

Unit:  The Great Depression and the New Deal                  

Pacing:  Two Weeks

Essential Questions:

1.  How did America go from Boom to Bust?

2.  How did the policies of the New Deal change the attitudes of Americans towards the role of government in their lives?

3.  How did ordinary Americans cope with the economic circumstances of the 1930s?

Big Ideas:

  1. Local, national and international relationships are affected by economic circumstances.
  2. The role of government and its direct impact on the everyday American changed forever with FDR and the New Deal policies.
  3. Each individual responded as necessary and appropriate due to individual circumstances as a result of the Great Depression.

CT State Standards


1.1.4:  Explain the changing nature of the American economy.

1.1.6:  Compare and contrast the various American beliefs, values, and political ideologies.

1.1.9:  Assess the significance of the evolving heterogeneity of American society.


1.1.2:  Trace the evolving nature of citizen’s rights.

1.1.3:  Trace the changing role of American participation and influence in world affairs.

1.1.8:  Analyze the influence of sectionalism on American life.

1.1.11:  Analyze how the arts, architecture, music and literature of the United States reflect its history and the heterogeneity of its culture.

1.1.12:  Evaluate the role and impact of the individual on historical events.

1.2.1:  Using local and state examples, analyze how events and people in Connecticut both reflect and have contributed to developments in United States history.

1.2.2:  Compare and contrast the experiences of Connecticut citizens with other U.S. citizens throughout American history.

1.3.1:  Explain how the arts, architecture, music, and literature of a civilization reflect its culture and history.

1.3.6:  Compare and contrast economic systems across historical time periods.

1.3.12:  Evaluate the impact of major belief systems on societies and nations.

1.5.2:  Analyze how a specific environment has influenced historical developments in a region of the United States.

1.6.2:  Analyze the influence of geography on the development of the United States.

1.6.3:  Analyze patterns of migration both within and among nations.

1.6.4:  Analyze man-made factors that cause human movement.

1.7.1:  Compare and contrast how different national governments throughout the world attempt to meet the needs of their citizens.

1.8.1:  Describe examples of laws that have been modified to meet the changing needs of society.

1.8.2:  Explain factors that contribute to making and implementing laws in different government systems.

1.11.2:  Analyze how government activity can influence an individual’s economic decisions.

1.11.3:  Analyze how government policies can influence how people and businesses use resources.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


-Changing nature of the American economy


      *businesses closing

      *impact of Stock Market Crash

      *New Deal


-American beliefs, values, and political ideologies

      *impact of New Deal

      *growth of government


-Significance of the evolving heterogeneity of American society

      *impact of Great Depression and the

         New Deal on average Americans









-Compare and Contrast



















Common Formative Pre- Assessment:




-In class individual and small group work


-Q and A

-Closure Activities

Common Formative Post- Assessment:

-Unit Test

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


Primary/Secondary Sources

Map Activity

Graphic Organizer


Power Point/Smartboard


Student Created Posters


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Boom to Bust Play, Chart of ABC (New Deal) Programs, Boom to Bust/Stormy Weather Century Videos, Photograph Imagination Activity, Cinderella Man scenes

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

Great Depression, stockmarket, Wall St, Black Tuesday (Oct 29, 1929), Dow Jones index, buying on margin, Herbert Hoover, Bonus March, New Deal Policies (ABC Chart), Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, 20th Amendment, relief, recovery, reform, 100 Days, bank holiday, repeal of Prohibition, fireside chats, drought, Dust Bowl

-Zinn, Chap. 15 (p. 277)

-U.S. History Skillbook (p. 159-166), Chap. 12, #1-14

-For The Record, “Share Our Wealth” (p. 226), “After Capitalism- What?” (p. 218)

-Crossword 32, FDR

-Literature:  ”The Grapes of Wrath”, John Steinbeck

-Art:  Analyze art and photography of Depression Era (ie “The Lord Provides” by Jacob Burck; “On The East River” by Nicolai Cikovsky)

-Math:  Statistical Analysis of products, consumption, advertising, unemployment from 1925-1935

-Science:  Explore the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl