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High schoolers evaluate the presidency of Richard Nixon. In this Nixon presidency lesson, students research how Nixon has been portrayed in media and popular culture since 1972. High schoolers also research Nixon's foreign and domestic policies in order to determine whether they believe he was a "good" or "bad" leader.
Students discuss the role of the presidency in the United States. They consider the people's relationship to the presidency, referring to evidence in the program. Students write an essay describing the presidency, the people's relationship to it, and why presidential decisions can result in strong reactions.
Eleventh graders examine the cultural mood and politics of the 1950's in the United States. They read a section of their text and take notes, view a clip of the movie "Pleasantville" and discuss societal roles in the 1950's, and listen to the Checkers speech made by Richard Nixon.
Learners research the investigative efforts in print journalism for the Watergate scandal. In this historical journalism lesson, students analyze the impact on investigative journalism because of the Washington Post coverage of Watergate. Learners criticize or defend techniques used by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Students write a paper for the lesson.