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Should public humiliation be an acceptable consequence for a crime? Have your middle schoolers engage in a round table discussion about the recent resurgence of the use of public humiliation as a punishment for crimes in the United States. They evaluate President Gerald Ford's suggestion for publicly rebuking President Clinton. Use this lesson to outline the rules and roles of group discussion.
In this Gerald Ford learning exercise, learners read a 3 page excerpt on the life, career and death of President Gerald R. Ford. They then use the information they read to answer 8 multiple choice questions. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
Discover 1970s America in an incredibly engaging and enlightening manner with this resource, which primarily details the major economic landscape of the decade of the period and the volatile presidency of Jimmy Carter. Topics covered include stagflation, gradual decline in manufacturing in the United states, Carter's efforts to cut government spending and invest in nuclear power, and Carter's notable foreign achievements and domestic political downsides.
Students examine the life of President Gerald R. Ford. After reading an article, they discuss his legacy. They collect articles written during his time in office and examine the key issues of his presidency. They write an article about how they feel legacies should be portrayed of a political figure.
In this American history worksheet, students read a biography about President James Earl Carter and answer 7 multiple choice questions.
Students research the Watergate crisis. They discover the differences in investigative reporting then and now.
In this mystery state worksheet, students answer five clues to identify the state in question. They then locate that state on a map.
Here is a fantastic, comprehensive resource on the roles and powers assigned to the president of the United States. It includes several critical thinking exercises and engaging activities, from cartoon analysis and the opportunity to design a classified newspaper ad seeking a new president to a rousing game of Two Truths and a Lie!
Let your pupils judge whether or not the Electoral College should be eliminated. They can develop their opinions with the materials provided and activity described here. First, split your class into three groups: pro, con, and judge. After they complete research within these groups, they will move to groups of three with evenly distributed roles. A debate follows. To reflect on the activity, class members compose an essay to be graded with an advanced placement rubric.
A highly engaging warm-up activity kicks off this plan for teaching class members about the Vietnam War. After the anticipatory activity, the teacher chooses the means by which to provide an overview of the war (PowerPoint, lecture, textbook, etc.). Next, 11th graders answer a series of questions to ensure a fundamental understanding. Lastly, individuals receive a timeline strip with a particular event that they research. On paper, they create a description/depiction of the event and place it in chronological order with the other posters. All of the necessary resources are included.
Study the American presidents of the twentieth century with fact cards. Starting with Theodore Roosevelt, the printable resource prompts learners to fill in information about the presidents' birthplaces, vice presidents, first ladies, and nicknames, among other information.
  • The last card is Gerald Ford, but kids could create their own cards for the final five presidents if desired
  • Use the back of the card to list pertinent information about politics, major accomplishments, and other important details
Students recall visits to museums, then read a news article about a museum exhibit that shows what U.S. presidents were like during their childhood. In this U.S. history and current events instructional activity, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
An extremely engaging and well-designed "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"-type game awaits your class. The subject is American history, with an emphasis on questions about past presidents. The usual lifelines are built into the game, and the questions get quite challenging as the game goes on.
Learners analyze the Constitution's wording regarding impeachment and discuss the impeachment process. They then design a survey based on student-generated questions about the charges against President Clinton and write a letter to the President expressing their opinions and offering advice.
Students use video, Internet research and discussion to consider the presidency of Richard Nixon. They obtain information from multiple perspectives and form an opinion of how Richard Nixon should be remembered.
Learners review the Bill of Rights. They interpret how the American Government violated these rights with regard to Japanese Americans during World War II. They write down the violations of the Bill of Rights during Japanese internment with stated reasons why they were violations.
Students examine the economic and political challenges the past six presidents have faced during their terms of office, and how those challenges may or may not have impacted their chances for re-election. They create campaign slogans both for and against the presidents researched in class based on the economic and political climate at the time of their elections.
Elementary schoolers examine money, then read a news article about new coins being produced by the U.S. Mint. The teacher introduces the article with samples of American money and a vocabulary activity, then learners read the news piece and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. This lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Though slightly dated (around the 2008 Presidential election), the information and discussion points in this presentation about political humor are solid. Use the slides in your language arts class in a lecture about semantics, or in a political science class about language in the media. A list of references and resource links could help to guide your lecture as well.
Students gather information about the meaning and process of impeachment through reading and discussion.  Next, students role play hypothetical cases.

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