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The Great Depression: A Dear America Activity

In this reading activity, students learn how the stock market crash of 1929 and a historic drought created a dark period in U.S. history.



Activity Type

  • Activities and Games

Scholastic’s Dear America: The Great Depressionreading activity details how a number of events — the stock market crash of 1929, the Dust Bowl of the southern plains, and rapid unemployment — created a sad, serious time in American history.


Students learn how people turned to radio and the movies to escape their troubles, and how President Roosevelt ignited the change necessary to turn the country around.


Learning Objective

  • Read and comprehend grade-level informational texts











Susan Cheyney

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