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Eleventh graders investigate the charges brought against President Nixon. In this 20th century America lesson plan, 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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
Students 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. Students respond to discussion questions pertaining to the lecture and participate in an activity.
Pupils compare Watergate and the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students define vocabulary terms and read articles regarding the impeachment process. Pupils respond to questions that require them to compare and contrast the scandalous actions of Clinton and Nixon.