Lesson Plans

Early Twentieth Century

The New Deal
Author: Cindy Lotto
School: Gaithersburg High School
Grade Level: 9th
Time Estimated: 4 days

Enduring Understanding

The New Deal is the last topic covered in the first semester, a closure to the strife of the Great Depression. Using this extended lesson, students will understand the New Deal, its programs, goals, and in particular students will evaluate the success of the New Deal in preserving a market economy.


Students will be able to evaluate the New Deal's success in preserving a market economy.


Unit 9.4 "Culture in Prosperity and Adversity"
Lesson Sequence 4 "Economics and Politics" (the last section of the unit)



This is an inquiry-based lesson. Daily procedures can be found within the handouts.

Day 1: Day One Content activity

Day 2: Primary sources pair activity with 2 versions of same primary source and reinforce content (Day Two Content activity)

Day 3: Adding more documents and defining a Document Based Question (Day Three Content activity)

Day 4: Continue writing a Document Based Question (DBQ)


Day 3 students should work on the Document Based Question (DBQ).


Students with organizational needs will be provided an organizer and will have the steps highlighted. Limited content students will be given the answers to some of the content questions ahead of time and will be asked to use at least 4 documents in the ECR. Extended time students will have lunch time to come see me and homework time to catch up. Higher level students will excel with the amount of open-endedness to the questions.


The students will do the Document Based Qustion (DBQ).
The rubric is the state rubric, found at:

References: Web


"Happy Days Are Here Again," Countdown Orchestra (0:50), YouTube

"Sing Sing Sing," Benny Goodman Orchestra from Hollywood Hotel (1937), FoxyTunes Planet

Political Cartoons

"Blaming it on the roof," Jay Norwood, University of Iowa Digital Library http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/u?/ding,5496

"The New Deal," New Deal 75, FDR American Heritage Center


"Wheeler Dam," TVA Dams, Alabama, Dec 8, 1935, New Deal Network

"Wall Building Detail," Civilian Conservation Corps, Sept., 1936, New Deal Network

Federal Emergency Relief Administration, New Deal Network


U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, Bicentennial Edition, Part 2 (1975)

M.C.P.S. Social Studies Writing Rubrichttp://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/hsa/critical_thinking/soc_stds_rubric.html

References: Books & Media


"Message to Congress Reviewing the Broad Objectives and Accomplishments of The Administration," June 8, 1934.

"Fireside Chat," June 28, 1934.

"Fireside Chat," Sunday, September 30, 1934.

"Presidential Statement Signing the Social Security Act," August 14, 1935.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt, speech, Syracuse, New York (September 29, 1936)