Wessels Living History Farm York, Nebraska This site provides images and first-person interviews of the events that took place on Black Tuesday. Students will have an opportunity to see and listen to people who lived through a dust storm, creating a better understanding of what it was like during the Dust Bowl.
This website allows students to read transcripts of several primary-source interviews. The interviews chronicle the stories of people who grew up during the Dust Bowl. There is also a link on the page to the Kansas Historical Society and their information about the Dust Bowl.
The Library of Congress website provides students with actual images showing Americans and life during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Students can see thousands of images that represent what was happening in our country during the late 1920s and 1930s.
This PBS series provides teachers with background information on the people that stayed in the Plains during the Dust Bowl. It has links to biographies of famous individuals during this era in history and articles about events that were important. It also provides a photo gallery as a resource for teaching.
This website provides students with a time line of the events during the Dust Bowl. The time line is actually part of a PBS series on Surviving the Dust Bowl. This site summarizes the series and gives a great overview of the major events of the Dust Bowl.
When themes and / or characters from a book are first introduced through a song, teachers have overwhelmingly found that doors of interest are opened. Students discuss the song with ease and, by doing so, begin their critical thinking about the book. Soon, reading the book isn't so bad after all.
Qualities - Motives - Strengths - Weaknesses - Interaction with others - Role & purpose in the story
What is it? How is it communicated? By character, plot, conflict, resolution? Is it relevant in today's world?
Find images, music, graphics, art, lyrics, poems, etc to represent all of these as well as conflicts!
Drought, Disasters & the Dust Bowl
Causes & effects of droughts
Water conservation & public information campaigns
Investigate transformative effect of infamous US natural disasters
Recession & the Great Depression
Recession affects on the US economy & families
How do historical, cultural & economic events shape generations
What draws viewers to the movie theater in difficult economic times?
Compare 1933 US economic challenges to those we face today
Workers & workers' rights
Labor laws in the US
History, power & purpose of unions in the US
Farm workers & their struggle for economic freedom