Unit 5: Crisis and Change
Lesson E: Economic Depression and Political Collapse
Activity 5: The Gold Standard
Now study the chart explaining when various countries left the gold standard and the graph comparing global exports during the years of the Great Depression to previous years. Use the information from the world map and these two data sources to answer the following questions. Look at the feedback carefully to confirm your understanding of this content.
Directions: Using the information from the data sources and the map of the world, answer the following short answer questions. Pay close attention to the feedback to confirm your understanding of the affects of the Great Depression and the responses in different countries.
Classroom Activity - Impact of the Great Depression
Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher’s directions to participate in your class discussion.
- Which country's story do you find the most compelling, and why?
- What is the significance of the gold standard in terms of this country's recovery from the Great Depression?
Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).
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