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Using PowerPoint in Your Lessons . A sample for a lesson on the Great Depression By Fred Fisher and Art Fortin. Aim: How Did the Great Depression Affect Americans During the 1930’s?. The Great Depression of the 1930’s. Have you ever been. Depressed ?. How did you feel?.

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Using PowerPoint in Your Lessons

A sample for a lesson on the Great Depression


Fred Fisher and Art Fortin

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Have you ever been the 1930’s?


How did you feel?

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What Is Depression? the 1930’s?

  • Is it just sadness?

  • Is it an illness?

  • Is it common?

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What Causes Depression in People? the 1930’s?

  • Loss of Friends

  • Death

  • Illness

  • Loss of income- job

  • Missed opportunities

  • A feeling of a loss of control over one’s future

Which of these do you think is the most important?

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A Definition of Depression the 1930’s?

Write your own definition of the word “depression”

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The Great Depression of the 1930’s the 1930’s?


  • de·pres·sionn.

    • The act of depressing.

    • The condition of being depressed.

  • An area that is sunk below its surroundings; a hollow.

  • The condition of feeling sad or despondent.

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Depression the 1930’s?

  • Psychology. A psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anaerobia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death. Also called clinical depression.

    • A reduction in activity or force.

    • A reduction in physiological vigor or activity: a depression in respiration.

    • A lowering in amount, degree, or position.

  • Economics. A period of drastic decline in a national or international economy, characterized by decreasing business activity, falling prices, and unemployment.

  • Meteorology. A region of low barometric pressure.

  • The angular distance below the horizontal plane through the point of observation.

  • Astronomy. The angular distance of a celestial body below the horizon.

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Depression the 1930’s?

How does this definition compare to you definition of “depression?”

Why are there many definitions of this word?

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WEST VIRGINIA 1934 photographs




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OKLAHOMA 1936 photographs



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ROUTE 66 TO CALIFORNIA photographs



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ARKANSAS 1936 photographs



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Soup Kitchen 1935 photographs



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Let’s sing along: 1938

“Brother Can You Spare A Dime”

List Evidence for the The Great Depression in songs



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An Oral History of the Great Depression 1938

Gather Evidence for the PROBLEMS in the GREAT DEPRESSION from this website

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Look at Images of the Great Depression”on the Hyperlink 1938

Click on “words”and gather evidence of the the era

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GATHERING THE EVIDENCE Of Causes Of The Great Depression 1938

Search Through The Images On The Website Below.

Write down evidence that you glean from the images shown

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We will now go to the website below and

1: Identify a social problem

2: Choose a THEME

3: Delineate a time period

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Instructions: 1938

From the websites below, determine additional causes for the Great Depression:

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To Sum Up 1938

  • How were the causes of depression we discussed like those of the Great Depression?

  • What causes of the Great Depression have we been able to find? [ Let’s make a class list]

  • Were some of these causes more important than others? [Let’s rank the causes- Be sure to be able to give reasons for your choices]

From this list we can now consider public policy solutions

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Your Homework 1938

  • Your task is to develop a Public Policyusing the TIPS website that the government could follow to reduce effects of the depression on Americans.

    • Be sure to address the causes of the depression we have discussed.

    • Consider how realistic your policies are- could they be put into practice in the U.S. of the 1930’s?

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Follow-up Lesson 1938


  • Class debate on policies developed by students

  • Students debate the order of importance for causes of the Depression

  • PowerPoint of New Deal programs and policies- students make comparisons to their policies

  • Use AHPPA to evaluate the New Deal Programs