Lesson Plan

Dust Bowl Story

Images of the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression are haunting in the suffering they show. Young historians use photographs—both iconic and lesser known—to tell about the human experience during this time. A series of photographs, as well as a worksheet guiding exploration, complete an informative resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create a story board using Dust Bowl pictures
  • Extend the activity by finding additional photographs to add to the story lines
Classroom Considerations
  • Students need access to copies or displays of the photographs 
  • Pictures are intriguing and stimulating 
  • Lesson takes a novel approach to learning about history
  • Lesson centers the story of white people, neglecting key experiences by African Americans