Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 7

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Explain why Hoovervilles were created.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman  pp. 18 – 23

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Why were Hoovervilles created?

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Key Questions


  • What were living conditions like for black people during the Great Depression? Why?

  • Why did people have to give up their homes?

  • What were “Hoovervilles”? Why did people end up in a Hooverville?

  • How does the illustration on pages 20-21 help the reader better understand Hoovervilles?



nourished     (v.)

providing food and other things needed to live or be healthy

unemployment     (n.)

to not have a job

income     (n.)

money that you earn from working

starvation     (n.)

suffering or death cause by not having enough to eat

eviction     (n.)

the act of forcing someone to leave a place where they live

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.4.3 — Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • RI.4.7 — Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

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