The Great Depression

Introduction

You are a child during the worst economic time in American history. Your parents are struggling to find jobs, keep food on the table, and make sure you and your siblings have everything they need to survive. As a child, the adults really are not explaining too much and really have left you all in the dark about what is going on. You decide to do some research to figure out how and what caused this traumatic time. You decide to search the causes, effects, and how it will impact you and your family in the years to come. 

Task

You are to complete each one of these tasks by researching the causes, effects, and life during the Great Depression

  • Complete the Great Depression worksheet with links provided in process tab
  • Write a two page article review on The 9 Principle Effects of the Great Depression 
  • Write a one page journal entry on what life was like as a child during the Great Depression
Process

 

1. You will complete the Great Depression Worksheet that is attached below. You will use the links below to answer each set of questions

 

 

Great Depression Worksheet

 

Directions: Use the provided links on the Process Tab to fill in the blanks.  

 

  1. ___________________ was the President of the United States at the beginning of the Great Depression.  

 

  1. On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed which triggered the Great Depression. This day is known as _________________.

 

  1. The president at the time underestimated the crisis and told Americans that it would be over in ____ days. However, the Great Depression last from the end of 1929 until the early 1940s.

 

  1. After offering a “New Deal” to Americans, ____________________ was elected president in 1932 after a landslide victory.

 

  1. In the United States in 1933, ___ percent of all workers and ____ percent of all nonfarm workers were completely out of work.

 

  1. Dispossessed cotton farmers, also known as _________, migrated to _____________after seeing posters about there being plentiful jobs in this state.

 

  1. The federal government increased or decreased during the Great Depression. (circle the correct answer)

 

  1. The federal government took responsibility over the elderly population with the creation of _____________________.  

 

  1. A ______________ occurs when a large number of depositors that fear their bank will be unable to repay their deposits in full try to withdraw their funds immediately. The first of these occurred in the Southeast in November 1930.

 

  1. The fundamental cause of the Great Depression in the U.S. was a decline in _____________.
  2. The American decline was spread to the rest of the world through the ________ standard.

 

  1. List 3 other countries that felt the wrath of the Great Depression.

 

    1. _______________
    2. _______________
    3. _______________
  1. During the Great Depression, many families lost their homes and became hobos. They would travel illegally by hopping on moving freight trains, also known as “riding the rails.” Those that traveled by train often camped in “______________”, which were shantytowns named after Herbert Hoover.

 

  1. Because families could not afford to go to cinemas during this time, they had to resort to finding leisure activities at home. Two well-known board games became popular during the 1930s. What are they? ______________ & ________________

 

  1. Casseroles and one-pot meals became popular as a way to stretch the food budget. Church pot-lucks also became popular as a way to share food and socialize. Some of the more popular meals included ___________ and ______________.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/dustbowl-great-depression/ - Questions 1-4

https://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/GreatDepression.html - Questions 5-9

https://www.britannica.com/event/Great-Depression - Questions 10-12

https://www.history.com/news/life-for-the-average-family-during-the-great-depression - Questions 13-15

 

2. You will read the article The 9 Principle Effects of The Great Depression and complete a two page article review on the topic. 

 

3. You will write a one page journal entry from the perspective of a child growing up during the Great Depression. You will discuss what life, living conditions, family, jobs, etc. was like during this time. You will use first person for this entry

 

Evaluation

The Great Depression WebQuest Rubric (100 Points)

 

Worksheet Rubric

Level 1:

Worksheet was completed with 100% accuracy

Level 2:

Worksheet was completed with some questions incorrect. Points depend on how many questions were missed. (Each question is worth 2 points)

Level 3:

Worksheet was not completed and/or most questions were incorrect. Points depend on how many questions were missed. (Each question is worth 2 points)

30 points

28-16 points

14-0 points

 

Points received for Worksheet: _____________

 

 

Article Review Rubric

Indicator 1: Review is inclusive of specifics and factual information

Level 1:

Review includes specific people, hardships, and a great amount of other factual information. It is evident the student read the book.

Level 2:

Review includes specific people, hardships, and some factual information. It is evident the student read the book.

Level 3:

Review does not include specific people, hardships, and no factual information. It is not evident the student read the book.

 

15 points

10 points

5 points

Indicator 2:

Review is written in accordance with English standards

Level 1:

Review is free of grammatical, spelling, and punctuational errors.

Level 2:

Review has some grammatical, spelling, and punctuational errors.

Level 3:

Review has numerous grammatical, spelling, and punctuational errors.

 

10 points

5 points

3 points

Indicator 3:

Review is the required length

Level 1:

Review is 2 pages

Level 2:

Review is 1-1.5 pages

Level 3:

Review is less than 1 page

 

10 points

5 points

3 points

 

Points received for Article Review:  _____________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journal Entry Rubric

Indicator 1: 

Journal is inclusive of all content requirements

Level 1:

Journal entry includes hardships, policies, and changes in living

Level 2:

Journal entry includes some, but not all content requirements

Level 3:

Journal entry does not include content requirements

 

15 points

10 points

0 points

Indicator 2:

Journal entry is written in accordance with English standards

Level 1:

Journal entry is free of grammatical, spelling, and punctuational errors.

Level 2:

Journal entry has some grammatical, spelling, and punctuational errors.

Level 3:

Journal entry has numerous grammatical, spelling, and punctuational errors.

 

10 points

5 points

3 points

Indicator 3:

Journal entry is the required length

Level 1:

Journal entry is 1 page

Level 2:

Journal entry is at least half a page, but not 1 page

Level 3:

Journal entry is less than half a page

 

10 points

5 points

3 points

 

Points received for Journal Entry: ____________

Conclusion

In this Great Depression Webquest, you have learned about the many causes, effects, and life altering changes that were experienced during this monumental time in history. You have used many research horizons and found many resources to help you with this Webquest. If you are still interested in this topic after doing this try doing more research or even visiting your local library and see what resources they have available.