1.Quiet time: Give each student a copy of Handout
1 (lyrics) and read the song lyrics in class.
2. When done reading, ask students to fill out Handout
2 (analysis form). Give them 10-20 minutes.
3. When time is up, ask them to share thoughts and questions
raised by the song lyrics.
4. On an overhead, compile a list of messages students
feel address the song. Communicating concepts are:
standing in line
the need for bread
boots slogging through hell
earth to plow
5. Compile separate list of questions students raise
based on the song. (Refer to Teacher’s Aide 1 for questions and possible answers to help guide students,
6. As a class, categorize questions into the three categories:
the time period
7. Have students write the list and questions in
their notes. Pose the following question:
What event is being described?
Answer questions that will help realize the Great Depression
as being the possible
Use Teacher’s Aide 1 to help
direct the questions.
9. Introduce topic of The Great Depression
and the question of how it affected where
10. End by setting the stage for the next
lesson (which will require they explore the
Depression in more
the following concepts:
the Stock Market Crash of 1929 (October) aggravated
a world-wide depression
to new depths.
it affected business and banks
it changed the way people lived and survived.
- Why the Depression in the United States affected the
rest of the world.
our foreign policy during the Great Depression
to our disadvantage.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) economic
American government’s role in the social
lives of the people.
the financial philosophy of the time
was, a philosophy
and how FDR’s New Deal changed
how we looked at government and business
role overproduction and under-consumption
had on agricultural
role an environmental catastrophe such
as drought can
unemployment, job loss, and
the rise of the unions
11. End with the following question: What was the Great Depression?
The student’s song analysis forms and participation
in class discussion can be assessed.