Texas Dust Bowl: Lesson Activities
Activity 1: Individual Reading
Students read a short story written by Kathy Harlin for Highlights for Children Inc. The linked page contains clarifying questions and clickable vocabulary words.
Activity 2: Would You Rather
Students read through several scenarios and choose which they would rather do. For example, would they rather stay on the farm and face dust storms or move to California with no place to stay or job? After, they use the opinion-writing worksheet to explain the reasons they chose their scenario.
Activity 3: Creative Writing Photo Prompt
Students chose an image from the presentation to write about.
Questions to think about:
What happened just before the photo was taken?
What happened just after?
If there is a person in the photo, how is he or she feeling or thinking?
What does he or she want?
Activity 4: Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers (8th grade)
Children learn about three women who emerged as influential photographers during the Great Depression in the United States through the FSA program.
Provided by Education.com.
Activity 5: Artist Dorothea Lange
Students read about the life and legacy of photographer Dorothea Lange in this article by Newsela. The article can be assigned through a free Newsela account and can be adjusted to the student’s reading level.