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Tar Beach. Objective: To understand the life and concerns of people who lived during the Great Depression. . Book Summary:

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tar beach
Tar Beach

Objective: To understand the life and concerns of people who lived during the Great Depression.

Book Summary:

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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Hyperlinks:

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu

http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/12_great-depression.html

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/wwii/jb_wwii_subj.html

Faith Ringgold

Tar Beach

New York: Crown Publishers, 1991.

Samantha Champion

now and then
Now and Then
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Compare Cassie’s life to your life. Use a Venn Diagram to describe the differences and similarities.
ask mrs roosevelt
Ask Mrs. Roosevelt
  • Listen to several original letters written by children of the Great Depression. Then, pretend to be a child in the Depression Era. Write a letter to Mrs. Roosevelt, asking her for your family’s needs.

Eleanor Roosevelt at Works Progress Administration

site in Des Moines, Iowa 1936

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu

what questions do you have
What questions do you have?
  • Interviewing FDR, Mrs. Roosevelt, or Cassie Lightfoot
  • Imagine that you are going to interview someone from the Great Depression. What questions would you ask? Write at least three questions for this person.

Listen to the

12/13/36

FDR in Charleston, South Carolina

south carolina standards
South Carolina Standards

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.

resources
Resources:

Pictures of Roosevelt:

  • http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

Photographs retrieved from the Library of Congress:

  • http://www.loc.gov/index.html

More Facts about the Great Depression:

  • http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/12_great-depression.html

Fun site for children:

  • http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/wwii/jb_wwii_subj.html