LESSON #1: FSA
/ OWI PHOTOS PROJECT
US History Federspiel, May, 1999
- To learn about styles and subjects of New
- To gain an appreciation of the reality of the
Dust Bowl and migrant life
- To see some of the scenes that Steinbeck would
have seen while researching The Grapes of Wrath
- To learn about the purposes and accomplishments
of the FSA and OWI
You will be using the Library of Congress online
collection, America from the Depression to World War II:
Black and White Photographs
from the FSA-OWI 1935-1945. You will also need to use
an intercalary chapter from The Grapes of Wrath.
Part One: Learning About the Photographers and the
FSA-OWI (10 points)
Begin by using the Special Presentation entitled
America: Photographers on Assignment" which can
be found on the collection's homepage (see url above).
You are to:
- read through all 7 photographers' sections,
looking at the examples given of their works
- select one photographer whom you would like to
- do a search on the collection using the
photographer's name, to identify his/her
photographs included in this collection
- complete a photograph ranking
sheet and turn it in.
Part Two: Create a photo scrapbook that visualizes
one of the intercalary chapters in The Grapes of
Wrath. (40 points; 20 for images, 20 text)
For this part, you will be working with one or two
other people to complete a visual study of the topic of
the intercalary chapter assigned to you (see assignments
below). Think of this visual project as a way of creating
a "scrapbook" of your particular intercalary
chapter. The photos should help us understand the theme
(Steinbeck's point) for this particular chapter.
To complete this portion, you will need to:
- search (by keyword or subject heading) for
photographs related to the topic of your
intercalary chapter (for example you could look
under "dust," "migration,"
- select and save the best four photographs that
you can find to illustrate the topic and the
message of your intercalary chapter (use
bookmarks to help tag potential selections).
- create a word processing file which contains the
images and accompanying text. At the top of this
file you should indicate the intercalary chapter
you are using, and what it is about. For each
photograph you should indicate what it shows, the
photographers name, and why you chose to
include it (i.e. what makes it powerful in
relation to your topic). You may wish to include
language from your intercalary chapter in the
manner of a found poem as we did with
our Dust Poems.
- Place the file in my American History turn-in
Intercalary Chapter Assignments
Intercalary Chapter Group Members
Chapter 3--Turtle Farhan, Meghan H., Laura McD.
Chapter 5--Tractor Elizabeth, Sara H., Megan M.
Chapter 7--Cars Amy B., Chris J., Kara M.
Chapter 9--Selling Possessions Chris B., Charles K.,
Chapter 11--Tractor/Houses April B., John K., Chelsea R.
Chapter 12--Route 66 Christina B., Graham K., Jennifer R.
Chapter 14--Manself Adam B., Kristina K., Zach S.
Chapter 15--Diner Kyle B., Christin L, Simone S.
Chapter 17--Camps Sean B., James L, Andrea S.
Chapter 19--Hooverville Sam D., Jill MacD., Nick T.
Chapter 21--Owners/Okies Stefanie D., Morgan M., Laura T.
Chapter 23--Camps/Activities John Haiducek, Michelle M.,
Even if it means reading your intercalary chapter out
of order, you should read the chapter before you go to
library on Thursday, May 6.
Part I--Individual Photographer Sheet- 10 points--FRIDAY,
Part II--Group Project / Photo scrapbook - 40 points
-- THURSDAY, MAY 14
Dust Bowl Photos from the FSA / OWI
Photographer Chosen: ______________________________________
1. Most "Artistic" Photograph
2. Best "Person" Photograph
3. Best "Place" Photograph
4. Best "Depression" Photograph