Eng 8 Out of the Dust
Students will be able to research a historical time period in order to
appreciate the historical context of their books and share information with
peers. They will also create a visual representation of a historical time
period to present to their peers.
You will work in groups to become experts about a particular topic of an
era. You will take notes about your topic that you will use to present back to
your “home” group. Each member of the group will have a different topic. You
will present some type of visual aid that helps to enhance students’
understanding of the topic.
Focus Questions (select one for your research):
1. What events led up to the Great Depression?
2. Where and when did the Dust Bowl occur, and what caused it?
3. What were the conditions and effects of a dust storm in the Dust Bowl?
4. How did the Dust Bowl and the Depression affect midwestern farm families?
5. What was life like for farm families who migrated to California ?
5. How did the U.S. government try to help victims of the Dust Bowl and the
6. What was the popular culture like during the 1930's? Give examples of music,
literature, theater, on the other common
MCPS Homework Resources
All Grades - Encyclopedia Britannica School Edition, DE Streaming
Middle School - History Reference Center
See Edline Media Center page for login information
Dust Bowl Overviews
Bowl (History Channel)
The Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl Websites
Surviving the Dust Bowl
(PBS: American Experience: see Table of Contents)
in the Dust Bowl Years
Dust Bowl (oral histories and documentary photographs from Oklahoma)
The Dust Bowl (A
Webquest: see LINKS section)
Migrant Experience (American Memory/Library of Congress)
Dorothea Lange's "Migrant
Mother" Photographs (Library of Congress)
American Exodus: Displacement in the 1930's (about migrants)
Songs of the
1920's and 1930's (songs about the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression)
Bowl Photos from Oklahoma page 1 page
2 (American Memory/Library of Congress)
The Great Depression
Great Depression (Library of Congress Learning Page)
A Study of the Great
Rails (includes a timeline of the Great Depression)
1930's: A Time of Depression
Great Depression, a Decade of Hardship
The Great Depression
(a summary, part of a Thinkquest)
The Great Depression, a
Great Disaster (a Thinkquest)
MLK MS Print Resources
Out of the Dust PowerPoint template
Resource List and Focus Questions adapted from Out of the Dust webpage Created by Jean Martin & Anne Groth
Revised by Kelly Ray
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