|FDR and the New Deal – Children’s Book
SSUSH18 The student will describe Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal as a response to the depression and compare the ways governmental programs aided those in need.
a. Describe the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority as a works program and as an effort to control the environment.
b. Explain the Wagner Act and the rise of industrial unionism.
c. Explain the passage of the Social Security Act as a part of the second New Deal.
d. Identify Eleanor Roosevelt as a symbol of social progress and women’s activism.
e. Identify the political challenges to Roosevelt’s domestic and international leadership; include the role of Huey Long, the “court packing bill,” and the Neutrality Act.
Directions: Either alone or in pairs, it will be your job to create a children’s book explaining FDR’s “New Deal” and the subsequent opposition to it. You will not only be graded on the content of your book, but also the creativity and artistic ability of your book. Use photos from online if you choose or you can draw your own artwork. Make it easy enough for a 7 or 8 year old to understand!
Please divide your book into four separate chapters and please reference each term or concept included:
Introduction: (Optional) – Describe the character of FDR. Who was he? When was he born? Where was he from? What did he believe about government’s responsibility to the people?
Chapter One: “The First New Deal” – Briefly explain the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s election in 1932, his “First 100 Days” in office, the importance of his fireside chats and the reasons for the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Chapter Two: “Opposition to the New Deal” – (A) Introduce Huey Long and explain his opposition to Roosevelt’s New Deal policies. (B) Explain Roosevelt’s desire to “pack the Supreme Court” and the reaction to this proposal.
Chapter Three: “The Second New Deal” – (A) Describe the purpose of establishing Social Security. (B) Explain the effects of the Wagner Act, including collective bargaining, restrictions placed on employers, the establishment of a minimum wage and the impact on union membership.
Chapter Four: “The Effects of the New Deal” – impact of women including Eleanor Roosevelt (her role as a symbol of social progress and women’s activism), the expanded role of the FEDERAL government and the increasing power of the President.
I expect each book to be no less than 12 full pages (3 pages per chapter). DO NOT copy sentences directly from the book. PUT THE STORY IN YOUR OWN WORDS!
A rough draft of your book must be approved by the instructor before work can begin on the final draft. I will not give credit to any group that does not first get rough draft approval.
This PROJECT counts the same weight as a TEST grade. It is due on: ______________________________
FDR and the New Deal Children’s Book Grading Rubric
1. Introduction (optional): ________/+10
2. Chapter One: “The First New Deal” ________/20
*Explanation of the Great Depression _______/5
* Roosevelt’s election; the first 100 days and fireside chats _______/5
* TVA (What it was and why it was created?) ______/10
3. Chapter Two: “Opposition to the New Deal” ________/20
* Explain WHY Huey Long was opposed to FDR’s plan _______/10
* Explain the “court packing” scandal and its potential impact _______/10
4. Chapter Three: “The Second New Deal” ________/20
* Explain the purpose of the Social Security Act _______/10
* Explain the details of the Wagner Act and its effect on unions _______/10
5. Chapter Four: “Effects of the New Deal” ________/20
* Describe Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in the New Deal _______/10
* Explain how the New Deal impacted the federal government _______/5
* Describe how the President’s power changed during this time _______/5
Artistic Cover _________/5
Artistic Pictures/Photos included _________/5
Creativity, Grammar, Originality _________/10
Total : _________/100