Students watch a video about the Great Depression. They learn about the New Deal and the Farm Security Administration (FSA), and answer a series of questions about the video and the FSA.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Iowa | Unit 7: Twentieth Century Iowa." In this unit, students will examine how major events of the 20th century impacted the people of Iowa.
E.SS.4.13: Compare and contrast different ways that the government interacts with the economy.
- Video: The Great Depression, the Family Farm and the New Deal
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Farm Security Administration handout
- Explain to students that the Great Depression started in 1929 when the stock market crashed, but that many rural Midwestern farmers had been experiencing difficulties for about ten years before that. Tell students they will watch a video showing what President Franklin D. Roosevelt did in 1933 to help farmers in this situation.
- Distribute Farm Security Administration handout, and instruct students to take notes as they watch the video.
- Play the video, The Great Depression, the Family Farm and the New Deal. [1:10]
- Have students answer the questions on the handout.
- Review answers once completed.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt [0:50]
- Stock market crash, collapsing economy, unemployment, long food lines [throughout]
- Agricultural workers, tenant and family farmers [1:08]
- This kind of government aid had never been done before, especially on such a large scale [0:52]