FDR Memorial

FDR Student

LILI Unit: FDR Memorial

 Essential Question:  How can popular culture reflect major events in history? Pre-trip lesson:  During this unit, students learn about the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and how the challenges he faced were highlighted in popular culture through the creation of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.  Students study the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the tumultuous years he was in office.  In particular, they examine the Great Depression, FDR’s New Deal programs, and World War II.  Students also learn about how popular culture is a reflection of its time and place, and why Superman was created during the Great Depression.


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Trip:  Students are transported to the FDR Memorial, where they receive a guided tour and further explore FDR’s presidency and the major historical events that tested his leadership and the nation as a whole.  During the trip students interpret the design of the memorial as it relates to historical events and also investigate quotes, statues, and water to aid in the production of a comic book.  The tour of the memorial emphasizes activities that are interactive and hands-on.
Academic Standards:

  • English Language Arts (CC.5.R.I.2, CC.5.L.4.a)
  • Social Studies (5.10.1-5, 5.11.2, 5.11.6)
Post-trip lesson:  As a culminating activity, students reflect on the concept of overcoming adversity as it relates to the Great Depression, World War II, and FDR’s struggle with polio.  Students also grapple with the purpose and goals behind the creation of the United Nations.  Students then synthesize these themes into a comic book format to demonstrate their knowledge of FDR’s presidency and popular culture of the 1930s and 40s.  Students also test their knowledge of Great Depression-era history as they compete in a collaborative review game and take written assessments.