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Out of the Dust Independent Study

As we read, there are many different options to study subjects and people that will deepen your understanding of Out of the DustUse the table below to guide your study. Entries marked in bold are required.

Learn more about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life here. Read more about what led up to the Great Depression in the United States by reading here. Learn about what drought does to an area. Find out what’s happening in the California drought. Be sure to read the captions on the photos. You can also see a graphic representation of the drought here.
Many photographers were hired and assigned to document life during the Great Depression. See some of Dorothea Lange’s work by clicking here. You can also find more of her work (and others) by clicking here. The story of Dionne Quintuplets is sweet and sad at the same time. Read their story here, and watch a film that was made about them here. The hobo life was an interesting one. Complete a worksheet with an activity related to hobo culture. (Ask Mrs. Levin)hobo-glyphs-code
Hear and read stories of people who lived during the Great Depression, and how they got by during hard times. Click this link to view and share sites that help you in your research! Find out more about Shirley Temple here. Watch a video of one of her most famous movie scenes here.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt worked incredibly hard to build back the confidence of the American people during the great depression. He accomplished this feat by communicating regularly and plainly with the citizens, passing laws and executive orders, and creating organizations to support building the economy. Choose at least one of these options below to learn more about.
The Tennessee Valley Authority put people to work by building power plants and other important things in the rural south. Read about the history, and watch a video about the TVA. The Civilian Conservation Corps, or the CCC, gave thousands of people – especially young men with no other opportunities – work through various projects throughout the country. While the CCC aimed for projects out in nature, the Works Progress Administration employed people by giving them work on an even bigger scale. Read about it here. (And check out their posters here!)
The FDIC, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, gave citizens the confidence they needed to begin putting their money back into banks. FDR stayed in regular communication with the American people through his “fireside chats.” You can read and listen here.