Tar Beach. Objective: To understand the life and concerns of people who lived during the Great Depression. . Book Summary:
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Objective: To understand the life and concerns of people who lived during the Great Depression.
The story is about an eight year-old girl named Cassie Louise Lightfoot. Cassie lives in Harlem during the Great Depression. Cassie has a dream that she is free to go anywhere she wants. On the roof-top of her apartment building, “Tar Beach,” her dream comes true.
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New York: Crown Publishers, 1991.
Eleanor Roosevelt at Works Progress Administration
site in Des Moines, Iowa 1936
Listen to the
FDR in Charleston, South Carolina
5-4.2 Summarize the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, including economic weakness, unemployment, failed banks and businesses, and migration from rural areas.
5-4.3 Explain the immediate and lasting effect on American workers caused by innovations of the New Deal, including the Social Security Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Indicators: Students will discuss economic weakness and unemployment during the Great Depression and how it affected the people that lived during the Great Depression.
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