Showing posts with label FDR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FDR. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FDR Day by Day - Lesson Plans and More

I was recently contacted by a representative of The Pare Lorentz Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. The Pare Lorentz Center has published some nice resources for teaching about FDR's presidency and historical events occurring during his presidency.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Day by Day is a timeline of Roosevelt's presidency. The timeline features White House schedules and diaries from each day of Roosevelt's presidency. The timeline isn't just a list of schedules. The timeline also includes short articles and some images about significant events that happened during each month of Roosevelt's presidency.

The FDR Presidential Library has a YouTube channel containing one hundred video clips. The videos contain archival footage of Roosevelt, his family, and news reels shot during FDR's presidency. To support your use of these video clips the Roosevelt Presidential Library has created a series of free curriculum guides. The curriculum guides are divided into five units of study; World War II, Supreme Court, Farm Security Administration, Tuskegee Airmen, and Social Security.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for documents, videos, or lesson plans for teaching about topics related to WWII, the Great Depression, or FDR in general, The Pare Lorentz Center is a good place to start your search.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings

Image Credit: WishUponaCupcake
Yesterday, the National Archives' featured document was George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation. Exploring the additional links on yesterday's National Archives post led me to a story and collection of documents on the FDR Presidential Library titled The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings.

The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings tells the story of Thanksgiving 1939. In 1939 Thanksgiving was going to fall on the last day of November which caused merchants to be worried about a shortened shopping season. In response to this concern President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be moved up one week. Some states chose to ignore this proclamation and celebrate Thanksgiving on the last day of the month anyway. The conflict was finally resolved in 1941 when Congress passed a law stating that Thanksgiving would always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Applications for Education
The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings is supported by ten primary source documents. Included in those documents are letters from merchants appealing to FDR to change the day of Thanksgiving and letters opposing the change. You could distribute a different document to groups of students and have them defend a choice of either moving Thanksgiving up a week or leaving it on the last day of the month.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

FDR's Four Freedoms - Text, Images, Audio

Today's featured document from the National Archives is the first page of Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech. On a quick visit to Our Documents I found the full text of FDR's speech. To accompany the text of the speech, the National Archives has a feature called Powers of Persuasion. The Powers of Persuasion contains images of Norman Rockwell's paintings that represent the ideals of FDR's Four Freedoms. After looking at the text and images, on YouTube I found this video which contains the audio recording of Roosevelt's speech.


Applications for Education
A potentially interesting activity to do with these resources is to have student read the transcript then develop their own images and or video representing the Four Freedoms. After the students have created their own images have them compare and contrast their work with that of Rockwell.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Howard Zinn's A People's History in a Free Digital Format
Watch American Experience Online
American Rhetoric - Famous Speeches from Politics and Entertainment