Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History

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15. The New Deal

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:
Explain how the New Deal addressed the Great Depression, transformed American feder-
alism i, and initiated an era of Big Government
Articulate the factors underlying New Deal reform
Evaluate the success and failures of the relief, recovery, and reform measures
Assess the long-term impact of the New Deal on American government and society

DESCRIPTION
Students will work in small groups to research some of the most important New Deal agencies. They will determine why the agency was founded, evaluate its achievements, and assess its long-term impact. They will then present their findings to the class, who will analyze the information to determine the common elements underlying New Deal reform.
TIME
One period for research; one period for discussion
MATERIALS
Alphabet Agencies (copy for each student)
PREPARATION
Reserve the computer lab.
CLASS LAYOUT AND GROUPING OF STUDENTS
Students will work in small groups around the computers and assume their usual seating arrangements for presentations and discussion.
PROCEDURE
Part 1: Research
1. Review the situation in the United States when Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) assumed the presidency. Emphasize the following:

More than 25 percent of the population was unemployed, industrial production
had fallen by more than 50 percent in less than four years, two million people

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