Your task is to create a letter in the voice of a person growing up in the 1930s. This letter will be written to a person living in the year 2007. Before you begin your research, consider the name, gender, race, and age of the "character" you will become. Also, decide the audience for your letter. This might be a friend, family member, or teacher.
Your writing must cover the following topics:
Causes and Effects of the Great Depression
Family, New Deal, and Standard of Living
School and Friends
Social and Political Events in the 1930s
Begin your research by exploring the resources listed below. As you explore the sites, record facts. Remember to avoid copying word for word. The Great Depression from PBS
The Great Depression from the Department of Humanities
Photographs of the Great Depression from the Library of Congress
"I Remember....." Reminiscences of the Great Depression" from the Michigan Historical Center
Then and Now: Prices from the Michigan Historical Center
How the Great Depression Affected Children from the Digital History web site.
Hint: There are three frames within this site. When you have completed a frame click on the arrow to the right. When you have collected information about each of the topics, you are prepared to begin the writing process. Remember, you are writing from the perspective of a person living in the 1930s. You are explaining your life to a person living in 2007. Your letter should include enough detail and description for your reader to gain a sense of what your life was like.
Your letter should be a minimum of five well-developed paragraphs. The letter should have the following: (A–D)
City, State (imaginary)
Date (Month, Day, Year in the 1930s)
Your letter should focus on the following aspects of your life:
In the introduction to your letter, identify two causes of the...