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A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
State Standards:
Virginia Standards of Learning
USII. 1, USII. 5, CE.1, CE. 3, CE. 4, CE. 7, WG. 1, WG. 12, WHII. 1, VUS. 1, VUS. 8, VUS. 9, GOVT. 1, GOVT. 9, GOVT. 14, GOVT. 17, GOVT. 18, ES. 3, Grade 6 Science: Resources, 6.9


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This curriculum, CCC: A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation, connects the student to the story of the CCC in the context of social, political, and economic history of the 1920s and 1930s using real places, real people, and real stories in Shenandoah National Park.


Through a combination of short movies and interactives, the unit begins with an explanation of the Great Depression, its causes and events,and then describes life in that era. It then introduces The New Deal in a national context and explains the Civilian Conservation Corps as an example of New Deal programs. Students follow a representative "recruit" through the program at Shenandoah to get a full understanding of the lasting legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. 

This unit is the second in a two-part curriculum that connects the nation's history with the unique resources of Shenandoah National Park. The first part is Rapidan Camp: A Retreat Fit for a President. Also intended for middle and high school students, it covers the time period of President Herbert Hoover's life with an emphasis on Hoover's public service, his presidency, and the Great Depression. Rapidan Camp, President and Mrs. Hoover's "summer white house" is located within the boundaries of the park and has recently been restored. The Rapidan unit also discusses the methods and significance of protecting America's special places.


At the conclusion of these lessons, students will be able to:

  1. present a journal with recorded insights, ideas, and revelations about the Great Depression era socially, economically, and politically.
  2. compare and contrast the economic philosophies and approaches to the crises of Republican President Herbert Hoover and Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt.
  3. describe the causes and effects of the Great Depression
  4. explain the Civilian Conservation Corps program's goals as part of the work relief programs of the "New Deal"
  5. describe the experience of a Civilian Conservation Corps enrollee.
  6. list the accomplishments of the CCC in Shenandoah National Park.
  7. describe the legacy of the CCC

How to Participate

There are five parts, each containing a short movie, an interactive element, and suggested journaling or discussion topics and activities. Ideally, students would start at the beginning and work their way through the curriculum over the course of several class periods, or as the topic of each part becomes relevent to the teacher's syllabus.

There are many opportunities for teacher-led whole-class and student-led small group discussions, as well as assignments and projects.

Additionally, teachers can certainly pick and choose specific elements to supplement their current lesson plans.

Table of Contents
Introduction: A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation
Part I: Movie: Overview of the DepressionPart I Interactive
Part II: Movie: Understanding the Depression, Part II Interactive
Part III: Movie: Relief, Recovery, Regulation,  Part III Interactive
Part IV: Movie: CCC in ShenandoahPart IV Interactive
Part V: Part V InteractiveFinal Movie: Legacy of the CCC

Last updated: January 19, 2018