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USAD Curriculum Topics
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The curricular theme for 2010-2011 will be the Great Depression.

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Super Quiz[edit]

The Super will focus on Geology, and the Super Resource Guide will include readings on such topics as rock formation, the geological time scale, the hydrologic cycle and groundwater, the causes of the Dust Bowl, plate tectonics, and fossil fuel resources


The art curriculum topic will focus on art of the Great Depression era.


Art of the New Deal[edit]

  • South Wall of a Mural Depicting Detroit Industry by Diego Rivera
  • Aspects of Negro Life: Song of the Towers by Aaron Douglas
  • Tenement (Mural Study, Department of Justice Building, Washington, D.C.) by George Biddle
  • The Riveter (Mural Study for the Bronx, New York Central Postal Station) by Ben Shahn
  • Muse of Music, Dance, Drama by George Stanley

Documentary Photography of the 1930s[edit]

  • Negro Barbershop Interior, Atlanta by Walker Evans
  • Florence Owens Thompson, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, by Dorothea Lange
  • Contrasting No. 331 East 39th Street with Chrysler Building and Daily News Building, Manhattan, by Berenice Abbott
  • Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico by Ansel Adams

Architecture of the 1930s[edit]

  • Empire State Building by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
  • Hoover Dam by Gordon Kaufmann et. al.
  • Fallingwater, Bear Run, Pennsylvania by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Winona, Sears Honor-Bilt Home by Sears, Roebuck, and Company

American Regionalism/American Experiences[edit]

  • American Gothic by Grant Wood
  • Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses by Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Departure of the Joads, from The Grapes of Wrath by Thomas Hart Benton
  • And the Migrants Kept Coming, by Jacob Lawrence
  • Nighthawks by Edward Hopper


The economics curriculum will include the annual macro- and microeconomics basics and have a focus section on the Great Depression.

Language and Literature[edit]

The language and literature curriculum will include critical reading, one novel, two interviews, one essay, two short stories, and two poems. The featured novel will be The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Shorter Selections[edit]

  • Connections to The Great Depression and Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
  • Selection from Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, E. Y. Yip Harburg and Csar Chvez, by Studs Terkel
  • Women on the Breadlines, by Meridel LeSueur
  • The Gilded Six-Bits, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Barn Burning, by William Faulkner
  • Excerpt from The People, Yes, by Carl Sandburg
  • Let America Be America Again, by Langston Hughes


The math curriculum will again cover topics in the fields of general math, algebra, coordinate geometry, and trigonometry.


The music curriculum will cover basic music theory and musical topics and focus on American music of the 1930s.

Blues and Jazz[edit]

  • "St. Louis Blues (song)|St. Louis Blues", by W.C. Handy, sung by Billie Holiday
  • "Midnight Special (song)|Midnight Special" sung by Lead Belly
  • "I Got Rhythm", by George Gershwin
  • "Cotton Tail", by Duke Ellington

Popular songs[edit]

  • "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" by Ella Fitzgerald
  • "Cheek to Cheek" by Irving Berlin, sung by Fred Astaire
  • "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", sung by Rudy Vallee
  • "So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You", by Woody Guthrie

Classical music[edit]

  • Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet
  • Aaron Copland's Piano Variations
  • Excerpts from Virgil Thomson's Score to "The Plow that Broke the Plains"
  • Excerpts from Marc Blitzsteins The Cradle Will Rock
  • Silvestre Revueltass "Ocho Por Radio"
  • William Grant Stills Afro-American Symphony

Social Science[edit]

The social science curriculum will focus on the Great Depression and the New Deal.