Distance Learning

CCC: A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation

Grade Level:
High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth 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

This curriculum connects the student to the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the context of the 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 films and web-based interactives, this 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. 

The program is divided into five lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Overview of the Great Depression
  • Lesson 2 – Understanding the Great Depression
  • Lesson 3 – Relief, Recovery, and Regulation
  • Lesson 4 – The CCC in Shenandoah National Park
  • Lesson 5 – The Legacy of the CCC


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 Hoover and Democratic President 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 pick and choose specific elements to supplement their current lesson plans.

Begin CCC: A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation 

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This project was funded through fee revenue and donations to the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

Last updated: September 27, 2021