The passage of the Social Security Act is a watershed event in the changing role of the US government. It is history with personal relevance to the many students whose home supports are affected by the US Social Security system, including some students with disabilities. Emerging America has been collecting lesson plans that address Disability History topics in the Massachusetts History and Social Science content standards. This week, we have added a new lesson on Social Security to the Emerging America teaching resources library. This lesson plan has a special feature: the teacher who authored it offers reflections on how teaching the lesson worked with her class when she taught it the first time.
In this lesson, students learn about the Social Security Act and its provisions to care for the elderly, the unemployed, mothers and children, and children and adults with disabilities. Students will examine several primary source images and documents related to the New Deal era, using a primary source analysis organizer. The lesson offers options in how students can show their learning. This lesson can serve as a culminating experience for the study of the Great Depression and the New Deal. Download PDF