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The Watergate Scandal: United States vs. Nixon
While the break-in at Watergate in the 1970s and the subsequent resignation of President Nixon was surely scandalous, what is more noteworthy is the lasting impact such an event had on the American public. With this engaging video, your class will learn more about the events of the Watergate political scandal, and the resulting increase in journalistic power and distrust for government.
Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution
Students take and defend positions on what conditions contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a constitutional government. They debate whether or not the government should have prosecuted Nixon over the Watergate scandal.
Contemporary History: Watergate
Pupils explore the Watergate scandal. In this Watergate activity, students watch a video regarding the scandal and use the Internet to research it as well. Pupils then interview adults who share memories of the scandal.
Learners review Watergate Files and the Watergate Trial using Internet sites. They read about the people involved in Watergate. They discuss the events leading up to and after Watergate.
Students discuss the primary events of the Watergate crisis. They conduct an interview with a Watergate-era adult and present a summary of their interview.
The Watergate Crisis
Students examine Watergate and explore how this crisis affected American politics.
Watergate Articles of Impeachment
Eleventh graders investigate the charges brought against President Nixon. In this 20th century America lesson, 11th graders read excerpts from Articles of Impeachment and respond to the provided discussion questions about the Watergate debacle and Nixon's involvement in it.
Students examine the climate of American politics. For this Watergate lesson, students analyze political cartoons and documents about the Watergate scandal and discuss the scandal's implications. Students then research other political scandals and determine how they have contributed to the political climate in the nation.
The Secret is Out
Learners explore ideas about journalism ethics as they relate to Watergate and discuss various issues related to an anonymous source being revealed. They write letters to the public editor of The NY Times about credibility and anonymous sources.
White House Scandals
Students investigate the Watergate scandal. They compare and contrast the Watergate incident with other White House scandals.
30 Years After Watergate
Students research the Watergate crisis. They discover the differences in investigative reporting then and now.
Art of Cynicism
Learners analyze selected pieces of art and infer how they reflect a sense of disillusionment, and/or cynicism in American society in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. Then they identify and place cultural attitudes of recent generations of Americans within a historical context. Finally, students identify how art and/or literature and films mirrors a distrust, uneasiness, or cynicism from some Americans about how they view their government and its role.
Nov. 17, 1973 | Nixon Declares 'I Am Not a Crook'
Connect events of the past to events of today. Budding historians read an eight paragraph passage describing the Watergate scandal. They then connect the Nixon scandal to sex scandals of recent times. There are six critical thinking questions included for use as a writing prompt or as discussion starters.
Watergate Scandal Lesson Plans
Through learning about the Watergate scandal students can find out how this incident changed how Americans viewed the presidency.
Watergate and White House Scandals
How scandalous! Take your class through the more implicating pages of American history with this lesson plan, which compares Watergate to other White House scandals (Iran-Contra, Teapot Dome, or Whitewater). Then create a timeline of Watergate as well as another of the three given events, and compare and contrast the details of each, such as a the nature of the scandal, illegality, and impact on the public and president. The lesson plan can work for homeschool as well as whole class.
The Role of the Independent Counsel
Young scholars analyze the role of independent counsel. In this Bill of Rights instructional activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding Watergate, Impeachment, and the role of independent counsel. Young scholars respond to discussion questions pertaining to the lecture and participate in an activity.
Researching American Democracy
Students compare Watergate and the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. In this U.S. Constitution lesson plan, students define vocabulary terms and read articles regarding the impeachment process. Students respond to questions that require them to compare and contrast the scandalous actions of Clinton and Nixon.
Young scholars are asked to think about their attitudes towards politicans. They describe the character of Richard Nixon and the attitude of his White House. Students are told about the Watergate scandal. They discuss the effects of the watergate scandal.
Chapter 25 Worksheet- Nixon and Watergate
For this Nixon presidency worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer questions about Nixon's foreign policy. Students also define 9 terms relating to Watergate.
Skepticism Toward Government
Learners explain how the media portrays certain events and its effects on public opinion of government. They focus on Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the Clinton impeachment. They write essays about skepticism promoted by the media.