Lesson Plan Title : Effects of the 1929 Stock Market Crash on Different States

Age Range: Grade 9 through Grade 12 (High School)

Overview and Purpose: This lesson helps students understand the effects the 1929 stock market crash had around the nation. Students will research how the crash affected a particular state and present their findings to a mock committee who will judge which states need help the most.

Objective: The student will be able to

*name the major effects the 1929 stock market crash had on a chosen state.

*argue persuasively that their state needs to be one of the five helped by the classroom's "Depression Committee".


Internet access

Group of adults or students willing to be the "Depression Committee"


Divide the students into pairs and have them pick a state to research. Explain that they are going to research the effects the 1929 stock market crash had on their state. They will then put together and argue their case in front of the "Depression Committee". The committee will choose five states that they will help recover.

Wrap Up:

Giving a reward to the students whose state was chosen will help with motivation to do well on the assignment. This research will help students understand the devastating effects the crash had on families and businesses.