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Unit Introduction

1. The Great Depression and the New Deal

2. Global Affairs and the Beginning of WWII

3. Rubrics



1932-1941 America

Jason Scranton
Social Studies Teacher
Unity High School, Woodbine, Iowa

Note: Our program is based on an independent learning environment. The Differentiated Instruction (DI) work I have completed in the past has been focused to fit that format. This DI unit was created with a classroom setting instruction in mind.

If you have any questions or comments about this unit, you can email me at

Subject Area: US History
Grade Level: high school level
Unit Length: 12-15 days

Purpose: The purpose of this unit is to provide a template of how DI can be implemented to a social studies unit. The purpose of Differentiated Instruction is to provide an opportunity for diversified content to meet the variety of learning abilities of students in the classroom. The DI activities that I chose to use in this unit focus on providing opportunities for students to choose activities that interest them, reflect their learning style, give them personal ownership in their learning and an opportunity for critical thinking and application of what they have learned in varied formats.

Resources: There are a lot of great resources out there to use for content to develop quality curriculum. There are a few texts that I enjoy using for my history curriculum development and research:

American Passages: A History of the United States; Ayers, Gould, Oshlinsky, Soderlund
Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents; Michael P. Johnson
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945; David M. Kennedy
Lessons from History: Essential Understandings and Historical Perspectives Students Should Acquire; National Center for History in the Schools
A People’s History of the United States; Howard Zinn
Voices of a People’s History of the United States; Howard Zinn

Standards: This Unit meets the National Standards for History’s standards under Era 8- The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)

Standard 1: The causes of the Great Depression and how it affected American society.

Standard 2: How the New Deal addressed the Great Depression, transformed American federalism, and initiated the welfare state.

Standard 3: The causes and course of World War II, the character of the war at home and abroad, and its reshaping of the US role in world affairs.

For each lesson block, I will list the progression of the class discussions and activities. The actual activities will be at the end, in order, for you to see and use.


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