The Dust Bowl Experience

Summary The epic stories of hardship and survival during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl have inspired numerous artists and authors to think critically about the era and the experiences of those who lived at that time. These theme-related lessons provide a framework for closely reading and comparing a range of images and texts about […]

The Dust Bowl Experience: Dust Bowl Writing Project

Authors: Amy Andrews, Chicago Public Schools Jennifer Chisholm, District 65 Judy Koon, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Sarah Salto, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Summary: This lesson is designed as a culminating activity about the Dust Bowl. It allows students to synthesize their learning by recreating the voices of those who […]

Migrant Mother

Authors: The Museum of Contemporary Photography Staff, with contributions from Alissa Schapiro and Sara Jatcko At first glance When you look at this image, what is the first thing you notice? What other details in the image stand out? What do you notice about the people? What do you notice about the setting? Does this […]

Dust

Authors: Judy Koon and Sarah Salto, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University At first glance Look closely at the foreground, middleground, and background of this print. What do you see in each area? What kind of place is this? What do you see that makes you think that? What words does this […]

The Dust Bowl Experience: Documenting Lives: Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother

Author: Corinne Rose, Museum of Contemporary Photography Summary: Dorothea Lange’s 1936 image Migrant Mother is one of the most widely reproduced images in the history of photography. In this lesson, students will deepen their understanding of this iconic image. First, students will conduct a slow and careful “reading” of the image, noting details that support […]

The Dust Bowl Experience: Experiencing a Dust Storm

Authors: Amy Andrews, Chicago Public Schools Jennifer Chisholm, District 65 Judy Koon, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Sarah Salto, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Summary: This lesson pairs a work of art about the Dust Bowl, the print Dust by Mervin Jules, with a verse novel on the same subject, Out […]