Lesson Plan

Depression-Era Photographs: Worth a Thousand Words

Woman at sewing machine, 1937.
Photo caption

Woman at sewing machine, 1937.

Throughout the Great Depression, the federal government employed photographers to document the need for New Deal programs and the extent of these programs' successes. Today, through the Internet, students can view this record of an era and see for themselves how Americans faced the challenge of those testing times.

Guiding Questions

No Guiding Questions

Learning Objectives

To gain insight into New Deal programs and the experience of Depression-era Americans

To recognize the distinction between observation and inference when drawing information from documentary photographs

To recognize some ways the photographer can influence interpretation of documentary photographs

To gain experience in critical thinking about media.