Subject Area(s): United States History

Grade Level(s): 7

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

Best Instructional Practices


Content Benchmark 7.1.9 7. Students will be able to identify and analyze the political, social, and economic impact of the Great Depression on the United States.

Students reach this benchmark when they are able to:

  1. Contrast the economic prosperity of the 1920s with the Great Depression of the 1930s.
  2. Identify the causes of the Great Depression with reference to weaknesses in the economy, the collapse of the banking system, business failures, and otherevents that triggered the Great Crash. (USII.5d)
  3. Analyze the impact of the Great Depression on the everyday lives of ordinary Americans. (USII.5d)
  4. Evaluate the effect of the major features of the New Deal on American government and society. (USII.5d)


2 class block periods (90 minutes each) Note: One block period may be paired/ shared with the team's English teacher for the writing component (Integration)

Lesson Summary

As a result of this lesson, students will know and be able to:

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