Presidential Election of 1932: Hoover Verses Roosevelt
This lesson is aimed students studying the USA 1919 - 1945 and focuses on the political aims and backgrounds of the two candidates in the presidential US election in 1932. When you purchase this lesson it will also include a card sort as well as a Venn diagram activity, which could be used to compare and contrast the two men.

The Power Point includes a snowballing starter, information about both men, the political ideas of both the republican and democratic parties as well as a source analysis question on the cartoon 'Taking out the Trash.'

The card sort includes two heading cards labeled Herbert Hoover and Franklin D Roosevelt and 22 cards with quotations and facts about both men for students to sort through before they stick them into their exercise book. Once completed the class can feedback and debate how the backgrounds of each presidential candidate may have influenced their political beliefs.

Meanwhile, the Venn diagram activity includes a blank Venn and a information box at the bottom from which students can select key facts and political ideas about the two presidential candidates to help them complete the diagram. Once completed the activity, students could add additional information that they have learnt from the class text book or video clip.

I usually allow my students to chose which activity they wish to do, but you could do both or direct your students to one or the other, depending upon their ability.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: USA 1919 - 1945
Know: What did HH & FDR believe?
Understand: How did their backgrounds influence their beliefs?
Evaluate: Why did FDR win the election in 1932?

WILF: What Am I Looking for?
Identify & Describe: What were HH & FDR political aims and beliefs?
Explain: How did their backgrounds influence their beliefs?
Evaluate: Why did FDR win the presidential election in 1932?

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Created: Feb 12, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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