Mexican Revolution, Texas during WWI, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the New Deal, Texas during WWII
The Great Depression and World War II unit contains 9 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in The Great Depression and World War II Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
The Progressive Movement in Texas
Students learn about the impact of the Progressive Movement on Texas. They focus on notable reforms in Texas: the commission form of municipal government, electoral reform, women's suffrage, and prohibition.
The Mexican Revolution and Hispanic Americans in Texas
Students learn about the Mexican Revolution and its impact on Texas. They examine the involvement of the United States and some of its citizens in the Mexican civil war. Then they learn about refugees from the war and listen to an account of the Texas Ranger massacre of innocent Hispanics. Next they explain how the Mexican Revolution affected treatment of Hispanics in Texas. Finally, they analyze the role of the League of United Latin American Citizens in Hispanic civil rights.
Texas During World War I
Students describe the Zimmerman Telegram and its connection to Texas. Then they locate the military bases in Texas. Next they learn about the role of Texan African Americans and women in the war. They visit a virtual exhibit about Texas and the Great War, and they examine an artifact from the exhibit. Finally, they elaborate on how World War I impacted Mexican American veterans living in Texas.
The Great Depression and Its Impact on Texas
Students identify the causes of the Great Depression. They describe the ways in which the Great Depression affected American workers and analyze the impact of the Great Depression in Texas.
The Dust Bowl in Texas
Students analyze the natural and human causes of The Dust Bowl. Then they examine how it impacted people in Texas. They read an interview with a woman who lived through the Dust Bowl and they explain the value of primary source material. Finally, they write a diary entry or a letter from the point of view of someone experiencing the Dust Bowl.
The New Deal and Texas
Students learn about the New Deal and how it attempted to solve the problems of the Great Depression. They also learn about the roles played by Texan politicians John Nance Garner and Sam Rayburn. Then they consider how the New Deal impacted Texas.
Texas During World War II
Students learn about the role Texas played in World War II. They identify some Texans who made notable military contributions. Then they examine the military bases and prisoner of war camps in Texas. Finally, they analyze how the war industries impacted Texas.
Political and Economic Impact of World War II on Texas
Students learn about the political and economic impact of World War II on Texas. Then, they analyze a chart showing the urban shift in the Texas population. Finally, they examine how Mexican American veterans fought for civil rights when they returned from the war, focusing on the Longoria Affair.