Out of the Dust: Visions of Dust Bowl History

Lesson PlanMuch of history is interpreted from an adult point of view. This unit helps students gain an understanding of Dust Bowl history through the eyes of a child. Using Karen Hesse’s Newbery Award-winning Out of the Dust as an introduction to this aspect of the Great Depression, students have the opportunity to identify with the personal experiences of youth in the 1930s. In addition, students examine primary source materials of the period to correlate the fictional text with actual visual, auditory, and manuscript accounts as found in the American Memory collections. Though the pre-selected images are from Oklahoma, the collections they are from contain many similiar images from Texas that could easily be substituted.
Source:Library of Congress
Grade Level:Both
TEKS:4.5(A), 4.8(C), 4.9(A), 4.9(B), 4.9(C), 4.12(A), 4.12(B), 7.7(B), 7.7(E), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.13(A), 7.13(B), 7.13(C)
Topics:Great Depression

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