How Theodore Roosevelt Became a Leader: Childhood of an American President

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The beginning of the 20th century began with a shock: the assassination of President McKinley. The man who would take his place—the youngest American to ever become president—led quite a life before stepping foot in the Oval Office. An educational lesson plan teaches learners more about Teddy Roosevelt's personal background and political legacy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create an interdisciplinary lesson; assign historical research and discussion in social studies, and text analysis in language arts
  • Have learners convert one of their short answers from the photo prompt on page 11 into a longer narrative essay
  • Take class members on a virtual tour of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource is designed to accompany a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, but substituting the trip for student research would make the lesson applicable for any classroom
  • Resource mentioned Roosevelt's love of big-game hunting, which may be objectionable for some class members
  • Some photographs are in color; check if printing in black and white obscures the image or not
  • The video mentioned in the lesson is attached
Pros

  • Provides interesting insights about Roosevelt's life
  • Vocabulary list is a good addition to a social studies curriculum
Cons

  • Background information could be written more clearly