"The student listened to and read aloud from chapters in the social studies textbook for semester 2, corresponding to Unit 8 The Great Depression. He finished Lessons 1 - 4, scoring 100% on all quizzes. In desperation, nations in Europe had embraced absolute rulers and totalitarianism. In the USA, people blamed Hoover for widespread poverty, closed banks and unemployment. Indeed, he and other leaders did not know how to save the nation. Lesson 1 Young Franklin taught about a young man who would become president and turn things around -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The student listened intently to the chapter and recalled that Roosevelt had everything he could want as a child, and was taught to be a compassionate gentleman. He was very active and lively until he became crippled with polio. Lesson 2 A Woman of Courage described the life of FDR's wife, Eleanor. She had an unhappy childhood, yet grew up to be a caring, smart, capable woman who served as her husband's adviser since he was in a wheelchair. She traveled the nation to witness problems firsthand, wrote books and helped women, children, and minorities. Lesson 3 Polio and Politics presented the transition that occurred in FDR when he contracted polio. He was already a well-known political figure, but not very "serious." That changed when he became ill, making him more focused and "presidential." Eleanor did not let his illness detract from his desire to be president. He won a landslide election as a Democrat, having convinced the American people of a "New Deal" that would bring prosperity. Lesson 4 A Powerful President told of FDR's reforms, including the end of child labor; regulation of businesses by the government; insurance of bank deposits; aid for poor people, and; public works projects that put people back to work making parks, bridges, dams, electric grids, etc. The student enjoyed learning about FDR and thought the New Deal ideas were brilliant. Several subsequent lessons entail writing an essay about any of the people learned about in Semester 1. He is in the process of researching and taking notes for the essay. He scored 100% on the Unit assessment of 10 questions, showing excellent recall and understanding."