Literature: "Out of the Dust" by Karen Hesse
These sites focus on the book “Out of the Dust” and life in the 1930s. Topics include Oklahoma, dust storms, and the Great Depression. Includes activity and discussion questions for the book, information about the author, and pictures of life during that time period. Includes a link to eThemes resource on Decade: 1930-1939.
Read an author's biography and an interview to learn how she became a writer. Includes links to her books. NOTE: This site contains ads.
ThinkQuest: Karen Hesse
This is a student-created website. There are quizzes, activities, and information that go along with "Out of The Dust" by Karen Hesse.
Out of the Dust
Provides discussion guide questions on "Out of the Dust."
The American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl
This site provides a film for students to watch, a timeline, maps, people and events, and a teacher's guide link. This would be a good site to view before having students read "Out of the Dust." NOTE: This site contains ads.
Voices From the Dust Bowl
This site from the Library of Congress includes music from the era (dance tunes, cowboy songs, traditional ballads,conversations, storytelling sessions, and personal experience narratives) of the Dust Bowl refugees who inhabited the camps. Also gives a link to many pictures of the era. Just click on the link labeled "photographs."
Visions in the Dust
This is a detailed lesson plan for grades 6-8 but could be easily adapted for upper elementary students. Provides study guides, guided reading journals, and other teacher resource links.
Scholastic: Out of the Dust Discussion Guide
This page has a discussion guide and activities that go along with the book. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Discussion Questions on Out of the Dust
An eleven-page pdf has discussion questions with answers and a writing assignment.
Out of the Dust Activities
Students will conduct a research and go through a series of activities to learn about "Out of the Dust."
Out of the Dust Review
Here is a review of the book with discussion questions ideas. NOTE: This site contains ads.
eThemes Resource: Decade: 1930-1939
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines. There are links to eThemes Resources on books set in the 1930s, Amelia Earheart, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.