Activity 2: Mechanized Creatures
Activities & Media Album: "Stinging Dust & Forgotten Lives: The Dust Bowl" Teacher's Guide to Activities and Media
Teacher Resource Guide: tcpfilms.com/studio/sdfl/SDFL_Lest_We_Forget.pdf
With students still in groups, view the next clip, “Mechanized Creatures.” Have students describe how agricultural technology enhanced the spatial expansion of the Great Plains.
Now discuss the following questions:
1. The clip shows moving images of different types of agricultural technologies that increased the modification of the land. How did the technology of agriculture change over time?
2. What are the benefits of technology on agriculture? Whom does it benefit? Who and/or what does it not benefit?
3. What are the effects of modifying the land from the use of new technologies?
4. Today, what reasons do we modify the land? What are the advantages and disadvantages of that modification?
Copyright 2008 Cameron Douglas Craig and Kevin Harker Jeanes