Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Impact of New Deal programs on WWII
Kate Sutter
American History
Time Frame:
15-30 min
World War II
New Deal

Grade Levels:

Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:
  • Technology based, individual or partner analysis of a primary source, or use as a station on an Interactive board if students are doing several different activities at the same time.

  • Students will practice analyzing primary sources, inferring meaning, and using computer skills.

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:

Missouri Standards

  • Missouri CLE 3aJ, SS3 1.6, 1.9
  • Missouri CLE 3aN, SS3 1.10
  • Missouri CLE 3aX, SS3 1,6, 1.10, 3.5, 3.6
  • Missouri CLE 4a
  • Missouri CLE 6M, SS6, 1.6
  • Missouri CLE 7C, SS7, 1.8, 2.1

Kansas Standards

Benchmark 2: The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of individuals, groups, ideas,
developments, and turning points in the era of the Great Depression through World War II in United
States history (1930-1945).

2.(A) analyzes the costs and benefits of New Deal programs. (e.g.,
budget deficits vs. creating employment, expanding government:
CCC, WPA, Social Security, TVA, community infrastructure
improved, dependence on subsides).

Benchmark 5: The student engages in historical thinking skills.
3.(A) uses primary and secondary sources about an event in U.S.
history to develop a credible interpretation of the event, evaluating
on its meaning (e.g., uses provided primary and secondary sources
to interpret a historical-based conclusion).

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
Full description of activity or assignment.
  • On their own paper, students will use a www.docsteach.org  activity to answer 4 questions relating to how the TVA provided power for munitions factories. 
  • First they will read the instructions (which remind them to use the “Teacher Hints”) and then click “Start Activity.” 
  • Second, they will drag the document into the middle of the screen and make sure Teacher Hints are “on.”  After looking at the image as a whole, they will click on each of the 3 white boxes containing a question and answer each on their own paper. 
    Third, they will click “I’m Done” to reveal the final question.  They can answer this on their own paper or submit it electronically to the teacher’s email address.
  • The teacher may be needed to help students navigate the website if they are unfamiliar with DocsTeach activities.

Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:
  • Students may receive 15 points total.  They will receive points based on correctness and completeness of their answers.
  • Question #1 = 3 points
  • Question #2 = 4 points
  • Question #3 = 3 points
  • Question #4 = 5 points