First Hundred Days

A presidential term may be four years long, but the first 100 days can have a huge impact on the remaining 1,360. After viewing a video about the eventful beginning days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term, young historians work together to research the first 100 days of two modern presidents, as well as the promises for the current president or presidential candidate. They then fill out a graphic organizer to plan their chosen president's first 100 days.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect between social studies and language arts to focus on both historical details and rhetorical devices
  • Allow class members to choose an extension activity as a final assessment project
  • Assign the articles for homework to flip the lesson before instruction
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource was written in 2016
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Pros

  • Provides a helpful description of the Think-Pair-Share activity
  • Prompts pupils to examine historical events with a critical lens and apply them to current issues
  • Comes with additional resources to extend the project
  • Ideal for a unit on elections and presidential candidates
  • Includes a planning graphic organizer
Cons

  • None