Programs of the New Deal
Students will create a spider map that represents three New Deal programs. Students should include a brief description of the program along with a visualization of either the problem the program was addressing or the solution to that problem. In order for the class to be able to share this information with one another, it may be helpful to list the programs on the board and have students select the three they are going to choose. By having students select the programs together initially, it will allow that each program is selected at least once.
WPA - Works Progress Administration
The Works Progress Administration was the most significant program of the New Deal in terms of providing Americans with jobs. Over three million Americans were provided with jobs, such as road and building construction, along with many more.
CWA - Civil Works Administration
The Civil Works Administration was created under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FEMA). Despite being a temporary program, within two years, CWA workers had created or repaired 12 million feet of sewer pipe, 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, and 3,700 playgrounds.
CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps
The Civilian Conservation Corporation was a New Deal program for young men aged 17-28. These men were provided with shelter, food, and a small wage in exchange for labor related to irrigation, flood control, structural improvements, and forest fire prevention.
After students have completed the Programs of the New Deal activity, students can copy their initial storyboards and replace the text from the description and replace it with their analysis of the program. Students should describe their opinion as to whether they believe the program was an overall success or failure and include the reasons why. Students may also rank their three programs first, second, and third, depending on which they viewed as their favorite program and which one they believe is the least effective.