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About This Lesson

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file for the "Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site" (with photographs) and other source material. Springwood: Birthplace and Home to Franklin D. Roosevelt was written by Charlotte Ofca Scholl, Park Ranger at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site. Contributions were made by the staff of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. The lesson was edited by Jean West, education consultant, and the Teaching with Historic Places staff. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.

Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: This lesson could be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on FDR's presidency, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.
Time period: Early to mid 20th century
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
Relevant Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
Find your state's social studies and history standards for grades Pre-K-12

Objectives for students
1) To explore the location and setting of Springwood and explain its importance to Franklin Roosevelt, the United States, and the world.
2) To describe some early activities and circumstances of Franklin Roosevelt's life at Springwood and demonstrate how those activities may have influenced his policies and decisions in public life.
3) To identify some of the people who visited Springwood and discuss how their visits related to world events.
4) To locate sites or structures in their own community that were created by New Deal federal programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) or the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and analyze how their community benefited from them.

Materials for students
The materials listed below either can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a smaller, low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger version.
1) two maps of New York State and the surrounding area, and the Springwood estate today;
2) four readings about Franklin Roosevelt's life at Springwood, his political career, and some of the activities that took place at Springwood;
3) four photos of Springwood and related Roosevelt activities;
4) one illustration of Norman Rockwell's interpretation of Roosevelt's Four Freedoms.

Visiting the site
The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, is located on U.S. Route 9, six miles north of Poughkeepsie, New York. For more information, contact the Superintendent, 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538-1997, or visit the park's Web site.



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