This outstanding resource is designed to help students evaluate how successful the New Deal was at putting the USA back to work through the alphabet agencies by looking at the controversy within FDR's government surrounding the setting up of the Works Progress Administration.
When you buy this resource you will receive a twenty four slide PowerPoint that includes information, sources and ten activities. Activity 1 is a snowballing starter; Activity 2 is based around a class discussion of FDR's inauguration speech the aims of the New Deal; Activity 3 is a discussions around an animate diagram about how consumer fear was undermining the US economy and making unemployment worse; Activity 4 looks at 'pump priming' and why certain groups opposed it and is linked to a source analysis question; Activity 5 gets students to evaluate some of the jobs created by the CWA and decide if they were boondoggles and Activity 6 aims to get students to explain how the PWA tried to help the unemployed. Activity 7 is a source analysis question which aims to get students to assess the short comings of the PWA. This could be adapted to an exam style question. I have provided a pupil mark scheme that could be easily adapted to suit your own exam board. Activity 8 asks students to evaluate whether the jobs created by the WPA were 'boondoggles', whilst activity 9 aims to get students to copy down the diagram about the achievements of the WPA and improve it after watching a media clip. Activity 10 is based around a class discussion on whether Harold Ickes or Harry Hopkins was right and includes quotes by historians to help fuel the debate.
The aims and objectives of this lesson are:
Theme: How successful was the New Deal 1933 – 1939?
Know: What were the aims of the New Deal?
Understand: How did the WPA try to help the unemployed?
Evaluate: How successful was the WPA?
WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: What action did FDR take to end the Depression?
Explain: How did the WPA try and help the unemployed?
Analyse: How successful was the New Deal 1933 – 1939?
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