by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1936

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Excerpt from "On Drought Conditions"" by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

This speech, made by 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 1933-1945), addresses the problems of the Great Depression and the "Dust Bowl" of the 1930s—during which severe drought and erosion conditions led to a prolonged agricultural crisis.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of America, Human vs. Nature, and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"Who's in control: humanity or nature?", "How does a person overcome adversity?", and "What makes America unique?"

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask your child about this speech at home:
    • What was "Excerpt from "On Drought Conditions"" about?
    • What did you learn about America?
    • What did you learn about Human vs. Nature?
    • What did you learn about Resilience & Success?
  • Watch The Dust Bowl (with Captions) at home with your child.