Roaring to Dirty, Glitz to Dust: Canada in the 1930s
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The objective of the following lessons is to encourage implementation of historical thinking practices while exploring Canadian history, specifically in the 1930s.These lessons can be stand alone, or brought together in a larger narrative as part of a unit. Lesson One brings the end of the 20s, with a stock market simulation, allowing students to experience the thrill of investing in stocks, and to understand why people would invest so much when they had so little of their own actual money. We continue with the narrative structure by facilitating discussion about the impacts of the Stock Market crash on our narrative characters, centered on student research and discovery. Lesson Three attempts to create empathy within students, as they discover and explore the lives of people struggling to live in the 1930s using letters to the Prime Minister and a ‘hobo walk’ where they learn to communicate as hobos did. The final lesson is centered on a documentary series by PBS exploring the lived realities of farmers during the Dust Bowl years. Through a series of short clips students will look at the ‘boom time’ prior to and just after the First World War and the impacts of the environmental catastrophe that occurred as a result of technological advances.