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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.
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.
Students explore the Watergate scandal. In this Watergate lesson, students watch a video regarding the scandal and use the Internet to research it as well. Students then interview adults who share memories of the scandal.
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.
Students 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 examine Watergate and explore how this crisis affected American politics.
Eleventh graders investigate the charges brought against President Nixon. In this 20th century America instructional activity, 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.
Learners examine the climate of American politics. In this Watergate lesson, students analyze political cartoons and documents about the Watergate scandal and discuss the scandal's implications. Learners then research other political scandals and determine how they have contributed to the political climate in the nation.
Students research the Watergate crisis. They discover the differences in investigative reporting then and now.
Through learning about the Watergate scandal students can find out how this incident changed how Americans viewed the presidency.
Students 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.
Students investigate the Watergate scandal. They compare and contrast the Watergate incident with other White House scandals.
High schoolers 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.
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.
Pupils analyze the role of independent counsel. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding Watergate, Impeachment, and the role of independent counsel. Pupils respond to discussion questions pertaining to the lecture and participate in an activity.
Students compare Watergate and the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, 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.
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.
How scandalous! Take your class through the more implicating pages of American history with this lesson, 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 can work for homeschool as well as whole class.
High schoolers 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.
In this Nixon presidency worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer questions about Nixon's foreign policy. Students also define 9 terms relating to Watergate.