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New Accessible Lesson Plan: The Great Depression, Dust Bowl, Disability: Background for “Of Mice and Men”

Published on Sun, 05/06/2018

men in overalls and hats squat in the shade of a car as others stand in the background.
Dorothea Lang’s Dust Bowl Farmers of West Texas in Town, 1937

This lesson guides students in exploring the Great Depression of 1920-1940 with a focus on the Dust Bowl, Migrant Workers, and the status of people with disabilities during this time period. The lesson is conceived as a research project in preparation for reading John Steinbeck’s novella “Of Mice and Men”, and could also be an interdisciplinary unit linking American History, English Literature, and Disability History. It can be co-taught by the subject teacher and the Special Education Teacher. Common Core Standards in English Language Arts met by this lesson are specified. It features a rich array of primary sources, and thoughtful planning to adapt the lesson to the needs of individual students, including a UDL chart and lesson vocabulary. Download the lesson, or view all lessons and primary source sets in the Resource Library

Alison Noyes

Manager, Emerging America
Alison Noyes is the manager of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, where she leads the English Learner Collaborations project funded by a Library of Congress grant to the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.