To answer this question correctly, students must identify the event depicted in a historical photograph and clearly explain why the event is historically significant. For the first question, successful students will identify this as a photo of the Dust Bowl. For Question 2, successful students might elaborate on one or more of the following:
- The Dust Bowl left tens of thousands of people destitute during the Great Depression.
- It led to a mass migration of people from the Central Plains regions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, with many migrants settling in California.
- It was one of the largest man-made ecological crises in United States history, devastating the ecosystem of the region. Some affected areas lost up to 75% of the topsoil, and enormous dust storms blanketed cities as far away as Washington D.C. and New York City.
Student clearly and specifically identifies the event depicted in the photograph.
Student clearly and specifically explains why the event is historically significant.
Student provides correct information related to the event but does not clearly identify the event.
Student correctly elaborates on the event but does not clearly explain why the event is historically significant.
Student does not correctly identify the event.
Student does not provide a correct or relevant explanation for why the event is historically significant.