This lesson merges the content area of the Great Depression with important information literacy skills. Students interpret and construct meaning from the photographs and life histories and apply the information in a new context. They evaluate the quality of primary sources and learn independently as they research the New Deal programs. Finally, students create a quality product synthesizing information and meaning from several sources.
Student products include:
- A personal interpretation of photographs.
- An evaluation/analysis of an oral history.
- An essay explaining two or more New Deal programs and including a creative interview which demonstrates the ability to apply information gathered through research to a new situation.
- An optional primary source analysis worksheet to provide a process by which to study the effect and impact of primary sources.
Rubrics for these products should be designed in a teacher-student collaboration.