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A reading comprehension lesson on the Great Depression.
 

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

 

A history reading comprehension lesson on the Great Depression. The lesson contains information on the cause of Depression, the effects the Depression had on U.S. citizens, and what was done to fix the problems caused by the Depression. Includes a printable teaching lesson worksheet.

 

Suggested Grades:

4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 

 

Teaching Objectives:

By completing this lesson, students will be able to demonstrate their reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT DEPRESSION LESSON

 

Directions:

Print The Great Depression reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the story silently, then answer the questions about the story that follow.

 

Excerpt from passage

The Great Depression was a very sad time in history. The Great Depression officially began on October 29, 1929. This day in history is known as Black Tuesday. October 29 is the day the stock market crashed. Anyone that had money in the stock market lost most of their money. There were many banks across the United States that closed because of this event. This caused people to lose even more money.

The Great Depression was the worst economic struggle the world has ever faced. The event started in the United States. It became so bad it traveled across the world. The Depression lasted from 1929 until the early 1940s. During this time, more than 15 million Americans (25% of the work force at that time) were out of work.

Before the Depression started, life in the 1920s was very exciting. This period in history was known as the Roaring Twenties. Jazz was very popular. There were plenty of parties. People had a great time. During this period, most Americans liked to spend money. It was common to see the average person shopping for cars, things for their home, and many other new products. Any extra money was often placed in the stock market. Of course, when the people went shopping they were not paying cash. Many of them paid with credit.

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LESSON PRINTABLES

The Great Depression History Lesson

Print this worksheet for this reading lesson.

 Includes reading comprehension passage, questions, and answers.

 

 

 

 

 

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