Calvin Coolidge Teacher Resources
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President Calvin Coolidge
In this President Calvin Coolidge worksheet, students read a 4 page description of the life and presidency of President Calvin Coolidge. This reading discusses his upbringing, career, family and death. Students then answer 8 multiple choice questions about the information they just read. The answers are on the last page.
1920s Policies of American Presidents
Eleventh graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this 1920's America lesson, 11th graders compare and contrast the policies of Presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. Students create charts that feature their findings.
Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore
Students define elements of stories from around the world that include helpful animals. They explore animal character motivations and use graphic organizers to compare and contrast animal stories from different cultures.
The Hyper-Partisan Politics of Prohibition
A full and thoughtful lesson includes links, handouts, guided viewing worksheets, and great extension activities. Upper graders will examine extreme politics, propaganda, hyper-partisanship, and the 1928 presidential election. They engage in class discussion and create a presentation based on what they learned from viewing the related videos.
In this Father's Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on Father's Day.
In this 20th century history worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about events and significant figures of 1920's America.
Real World Washington D.C.
High schoolers evaluate presidencies. In this presidential history lesson, students research the lives and accomplishments of presidents in order to participate in a simulation that requires them to imagine how they might act as contestants on MTV"s "Real World."
The Meaning of America: Equality
What if society sought equality by handicapping the gifted and dispelling any traces of diversity? Kurt Vonnegut Jr. offers one possible answer to this question through his incredibly engaging and thought-provoking satirical story, "Harrison Bergeron". In addition to offering writing prompts and discussion questions that are sure to spark interest and debate amongst your readers, you will also have the opportunity to preview video excerpts where editors of the anthology engage in high-level discourse and work to elicit meaning from the classic American text.
The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a "culture war" between these two ideals in the early stages of the new nation. After giving a brief overview of the story, work with your readers through the text using the guided questions provided by this resource.
The Roaring Twenties
If you really want to cover the flavor of the Roaring Twenties, use this presentation. The 1920s are categorized into politics, culture, music, policy, and social issues that divided the nation. Each main header contains several subsequent slides full of great information and hyperlinks. If I were a movie critic, I'd give this one two thumbs up!
The Great Depression: 1930s through WWII
Here is an oddly formated presentation that does have some great information and neat ideas. It includes images and text describing the causes and effects of the Great Depression, FDR, Herbert Hoover, and Eleanor Roosevelt. It also includes a helpful timeline and three related project ideas.
Pets are Popular with U.S. Presidents
Young scholars discuss their pets and read about pets that have lived in the White House. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a vocabulary activity and pet survey, then the students read the news article and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
The Presidents Song
Remember learning to spell “encyclopedia” by singing along with Jiminy Cricket? How about using a singing exercise to learn the names of the presidents? “The Presidents Song,” includes the names, in order, from Washington to Coolidge. Have class groups compose lyrics to include all the presidents, up to the current head of state. The richly detailed plan includes links to the song and to great background materials.
How and Why Has the White House Changed?
Students view original design drawings of the White House and discuss ways it has been changed. They view images of the white house from specified dates and discuss the changes that were made from one to the other, as well as reasons for the changes.
Real Life Challenge
Youngsters create a museum display. Using historically accurate designs, they are asked to design and build a museum display for a local museum (pretend letter). Then research, and build a display to submit for viewing at the 'museum'. This project can be adapted to many different scenarios.
After Reconstruction: when is the Struggle Over? 1880-1948
Seventh graders become familiar with historical trends by studying the period from 1880-1948. In this After Reconstruction activity, 7th graders participate in a research project and emcee a panel discuss similar to Meet the Press. Students locate events in African American history highlighting problems of African Americans.
"The Big Cheese"
Eleventh graders research and examine the significant individuals of the 1920s and their impact on American society. They identify characteristics of people who make a difference, and in pairs conduct research on two people with differing points of view from the 1920s. Each pair presents a dialogue performed as the two people researched.
Anticipating the State of the Union 2010
Learners contrast historical State of the Union Address to more contemporary ones. In this Government lesson, students compare and contrast historical Presidential speeches to the ones they hear today. Learners will predict the topics that may be addressed in an upcoming event and evaluate the effectiveness and accuracy of a particular State of the Union Address.
Students explore irony and humor. They discuss Will Rogers' history and determine that he was a humorist who many viewed as very wise. They read quotes of Will Rogers and determine that everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Genetic Testing: Modern-Day Eugenics?
Learners trace the history of the development of Eugenics. In this social studies lesson plan, students read and analyze a real life case. They write a paper about what they read.