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  • Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity seven: In this activity for grades 7–12, students take on the role of legislators who must make a decision concerning the passage of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Students will evaluate the impact of emotional appeal in persuasion. This activity builds on information learned in activities one through six.
  • Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity one: This activity for grades 7–12 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
  • Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity five: In this activity for grades 7–12, students will evaluate primary source photographs from the tobacco bag stringing collection and some of Lewis Hine's photographs.

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Elementary lesson plans

Elementary lesson plans based upon Tobacco Bag Stringing: Life and Labor in the Depression will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was, study primary source documents and visuals, engage in a role play and debate, and practice critical thinking and analysis skills. The lessons are appropriate for grade levels 3–6 and are aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study social studies curriculum for grades 3, 4, and 5.

Secondary lesson plans

In these secondary lesson plans based upon Tobacco Bag Stringing: Life and Labor in the Depression students will also learn what tobacco bag stringing was, study primary source documents and visuals, and practice critical thinking and analysis skills. Additionally, they will evaluate the impact of the Fair Labor Standards Act on the tobacco bag stringing jobs, assess the methods used to effect change in legislation, and evaluate the role of technology in citizen’s lives during the 1930s. The lessons are appropriate for grades 7–12 and are aligned specifically to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study social studies curriculum for grades 8, 10, 11, and 12.