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        Minnesota | Activity 9.2: The New Deal Works at Gooseberry Falls

        Students watch two short videos about President Roosevelt’s program, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They analyze the importance of the CCC program for the state of Minnesota and for the men who worked in the program. 

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch two short videos about President Roosevelt’s program, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They analyze the importance of the CCC program for the state of Minnesota and for the men who worked in the program. 

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 9: Great Depression and the New Deal" where students will explore how the Great Depression and its resultant expansion of the federal government affected Minnesota. 

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        6.4.4.21.2: Describe political and social impact of the Great Depression and New Deal in Minnesota, including the increased conflict between big business and organized labor. 

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        Directions

        1. Tell the students that they will be watching two short videos and learning about President Roosevelt’s program, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the creation of Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota.

        1. Click on the first link entitled, The New Deal I | The Roosevelts. Start the video at [3:35] and watch until [5:28]. Have the students answer questions 1 and 2 on the handout.

        1. Click on the second link entitled, Gooseberry Falls State Park | Two Harbors, MN [6:39]. Watch the full video. Have the students answer question 3 on the handout.

        1. Writing activity: Have the students write a paragraph explaining why the CCC was important for the state of Minnesota, and why Minnesota was important for the CCC team.

        Answer Key

        1. Three million [4:02]

        2. Controlling erosion, developing national parks, and planting trees [4:08]

        3. Trails, buildings, the picnic flow [1:05]

        4. Answers will vary.

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