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Raccoons, Robbers, and Radios

Lesson Plan, Social Studies 4

Advertising the “Promised Land”

 

Objectives

  • Understand the life of migrant farm workers during the Great Depression.
  • Identify what the Dust Bowl was during the Great Depression.
  • Identify what the Promised Land was during the Great Depression.
  • Explore the conditions of migrant farm worker camps during the Great Depression.

 

Lesson Overview

This lesson plan should take about 5 class periods.  This lesson should start off with the PowerPoint provided to educate the students on the situation that migrant farm workers were in. Following that, the Advertising the “Promised Land” Worksheet should be distributed among the kids to get a feel for how well they understood the power point. Finally the activity should be given. If you feel they are not ready for the activity after reviewing their success on the worksheet allow them to research the Great Depression on the internet or give them more information.

 

Handouts

  • Advertising the “Promised Land” Worksheet    

 

Activity

Summary: This activity is meant to open the students mind to past hardships encountered during the great depression and to help them understand what these people encountered through the creative outlet of drawing and writing. The activity consists of two parts. In the first part they will make an advertisement encouraging migrant workers to find jobs in California. The advertisement is meant to target suffering migrant farm workers in the dust bowl region. The second part of the assignment consists of an essay detailing why the previous advertisement would have been misleading to the families and individuals looking for work.


Materials:

  • Poster board
  • Map colors or markers
  • 2 sheets of drawing paper
  • Paper and pen for essay
  • Internet to research the Great Depression (if needed)
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