The Dust Bowl of the 1930s hurt not only farmers, but the American economy in general. Crop failures caused great stress on the trade and sale of many consumer goods. In turn, this caused even greater stress on the economy as a whole. Using a spider map, students will identify and explain the significance of the Dust Bowl and its role in the Great Depression using the 5 Ws. This analysis will provide further insight into how many average American workers and farmers were affected by it.
Students should answer the following questions:
Have students research and identify the 5 Ws of another major market failure. It can be any event or market failure, whether related to farming and food production, or to the failure of a technology or business. Students should draw connections between the Dust Bowl and the failure or crippling of this modern market.
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Create a storyboard that explains the role of the Dust Bowl in the Great Depression using the 5Ws: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and History