Students watch videos about the Non-Partisan League and the Bank of North Dakota, and create a poster either supporting or opposing the Bank of North Dakota.
This lesson is part of “Great States | North Dakota | Unit 9: Cultural Contributors” which gives students the opportunity to investigate some of the people, places, traditions, and past events that make North Dakota unique.
8.3: Students understand economic concepts and the characteristics of various economic systems.
8.3.2: Evaluate how economic opportunities (e.g., manufacturing, agricultural, business) impact North Dakota and other regions (e.g., Midwest, Northeast).
An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other type of screen to project the videos to the class
Notebooks or loose-leaf paper
Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Explain that the NPL, or Non-Partisan League, was a political movement from the early 1900s that grew when small farmers felt exploited by bigger out-of-state companies. It supported state control of farm industries over the power of corporate political interests. The NPL proposed that North Dakota make its own banks, mills, and factories. The Bank of North Dakota was founded on these principles.
- Tell students that they will be creating a poster about the Bank of North Dakota.
- Tell students they will watch two videos that talk more about the Bank of North Dakota. Instruct students to take notes of ideas that support or oppose the BND from the video in their notebook or on loose-leaf paper.
- Play the videos, The Bank of North Dakota | The Bank Today [5:44] and The Bank of North Dakota | The NPL and the Bank [4:08].
- Have students work independently to create a poster in either supporting or opposing the Bank of North Dakota. If students are struggling, provide some of the following points about the Bank of North Dakota:
- NPL stands for Non-Partisan League and BND stands for the Bank of North Dakota.
- The Bank of North Dakota is different from other banks because it is state-owned and has an economic development mission.
- The Bank of North Dakota’s purpose was to advance the purposes of the people of North Dakota in agriculture, education, and business.
- It exists to serve the citizens of North Dakota develop at almost any stage: schools, homes, farms, and industries.
- The Non-Partisan League created the Bank of North Dakota and brought the financial control back to the state.