Farm foreclosure sale. (Circa 1933)
Step 1: Background
Each group will be responsible for answering these
questions on a separate paper when turning in the newspaper.
1. How were the Hoover and Roosevelt
administrations different with their approach to the Great Depression?
2. What were the political causes of
the Great Depression?
3. What was the New Deal?
Step 2: Selection
of the city you will research
group will be assigned a city to research and create a newspaper. Each
group should focus on studying the effects of the depression on the city
assigned including the surrounding area. The teacher will assign one
of the cities listed below to each group.
1. New York, New York
2. Detroit, Michigan
3. Warm Springs, Georgia
4. Ames, Iowa
5. Tulsa, Oklahoma
6. Dallas, Texas
7. Lexington, Kentucky
8. Los Angeles, California
Step 3: Researching from a specific perspective
will explore each one of the following perspectives of the Great Depression:
economic, social, political, and cultural. Your group will need to
analyze the perspective and answer the questions given. Approach the
questions from the perspective of your group's location. The
group must also list the Internet sources that were used to answer the
1. What were some of the economic causes of the Great Depression?
2. How were businesses and jobs affected in your area?
3. Based on your research, in an editorial format can you suggest
things that may have prevented the Great Depression?
Your main goal as economic analyst is to explain to your team why
the economy collapsed. There are many different views on why the
Depression occurred. Your task is to research the differing opinions
and determine which one you believe is most credible.
1. What social changes occurred during the Great Depression?
2. How were children affected by the Depression?
3. Depending on your group's city, how were farmers and/or urban
citizens affected by the Depression and the devastating dust bowls?
Your main goal as social analyst is to describe the social atmosphere
during the Depression. Explain to your group what life was like
for children, men, and women.
1. What was the impact of decisions by Hoover and/or Roosevelt
on your locality?
2. How did local politicians react to difficulties in their area?
3. How did some of the programs in the New Deal impact your area?
Your main goal as political analyst is to evaluate the politics
before and during the Great Depression. Focus on determining the
successes and failures of the New Deal.
1. What works of art and/or art projects were created in your
2. What did radio programming and newspaper articles tell us about
the mood of the era?
3. What did the art work tell us about their area?
Your main goal as cultural analyst is to determine what
the culture (arts) of the Depression explains about their attitude. You
should be able to explain to your group what the newspaper, advertisements,
art, and film say about the era.
Step 4: Sharing research with the group and reaching
The group has learned about the different perspectives on the Great
Depression. Now the group must come together with expertise gained
by searching from each perspective. Use information, pictures, letters,
facts, opinions, etc. from the Web pages your group explored to explain
the group's analysis of the questions. Finally, the group must now
review the analysis questions to collaboratively discuss and edit for
Step 5: Creating the group newspaper
will need to include the following:
1. Newspaper title
All group members are responsible for editing the final product.
2. Date and city the newspaper was distributed. Your
newspaper articles should then focus on topics that directly related to
that part of the country.
3. Four sections which focus on each of the four perspectives
that are researched:
a. Business (economic perspective)
4. Two 3-5 paragraph articles for each newspaper section.
b. Lifestyle (social perspective)
c. Government (political perspective)
d. Entertainment (cultural perspective)
5. Pictures with captions: at least 1 that relates to
The newspaper must be word processed and created in a computer
program that will enable you to clearly layout the information in an
easy to read format. The final project should be saved and also
6: Presenting the project
Each group will present their newspaper
to the class. Each group member will read one article from their newspaper.
Enjoy the journey, and be sure
to investigate thoroughly to find information that may be interesting
or different from your current lifestyle.
Follow along with the rubric provided on the Evaluation page to make sure your work matches
the project expectations.
Now you can go to the Resource page
and use the links provided to compile the information needed.