by Rachel Brownfield, Perrysburg High School

High school English students will plan a party for "Dust Day" using historical information associated with the novel, Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to "chew" dusty milk, or to be trapped in a dust storm where day quickly turns to night and you have no way of telling where the road is except by the touch of your feet? You probably haven't thought much about these things, but this is what life was like for people living during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. They were faced with unimaginable hardships and often lost hope for a happy future.

We will begin reading Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, but how do we really know that she was accurate with her portrayal of this era? In order to assess her recounting of events, you are going to do your own research and collaborate with a group. Looking at various aspects of this time period, you will plan a "Dust Day" party to share your findings with the entire class.