Students explore an interactive website to learn about three programs that were created during the New Deal: the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Works Progress Administration (WPA). The activity helps the students determine where the programs occurred, what type of work the programs created, who worked in the programs, and the impacts of each 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.
18.104.22.168.1: Explain why federal and state governments regulate economic activity to promote public well-being.
22.214.171.124.2: Describe political and social impact of the Great Depression and New Deal in Minnesota, including the increased conflict between big business and organized labor.
- Resource: Where Was the New Deal? [National Archives: DOCSTeach.]
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of The New Deal handout
Tell the students that they will be completing an activity on a website to learn about three programs that were created during the New Deal: the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Works Progress Administration (WPA).
Click on the link entitled, Where Was the New Deal? Once the link opens, click on the picture, which will redirect you to another site. The direct link for the site is https://www.docsteach.org/activities/student/where-was-the-new-deal.
Once on the site, show students each image, and have the students determine which program the image is portraying.
Then, drag the image to the state or region where they believe the image was taken. Four of the images have already been done for the students as examples.
Provide students with The New Deal handout. Have students follow the handout instructions to pick one of the images from the activity and describe what type of job the image represented, which program it was a part of, and the goal of that job/program.
When on the website, when you click on the image, the answers to the questions “What type of job does the image represent?” and “Which program was it a part of?” are shown.