Synopsis

The Dust Bowl

In this cross-curricular Social Studies/English lesson, students will examine the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl and the environmental and economic impact it had on the region. Using photos to connect to the hardships of the time, students will engage in a creative writing exercise that will eventually direct them into guided research. In order to further immerse themselves in the realities of the Dust Bowl era, students will review a novel by Karen Hesse, watch a Photo Story that uses the audio from Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chat” and listen to a song from Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads.  This lesson will equip students with enough information to engage in an informed conversation with leading experts around the state as a concluding assessment piece.