Inauguration and Transition

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The United States government functions smoothly only with the successful and peaceful transition of power. Explore the ways that presidential inaugurations can set the tone for these transitions, from careful planning beforehand to inspiring addresses from the incoming president.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the quiz for homework the night before your inauguration lesson
  • Have learners explore the interactive timeline on their own in a computer lab or on personal tablets
  • Present a box full of presidential names for pupils to pick the two they will compare, keeping in mind that those who choose presidents from the 20th century have access to video and audio versions of the inauguration as well
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access for the interactive resources and auxiliary links
  • Search online for inaugural address that you can't find in the links
  • Resource was published in 2016
  • Be aware of any controversial political topics or candidates about which learners may have strong feelings
Pros

  • Prompts young citizens to think critically about a process and tradition in American culture
  • Includes extension activities for older or more advanced learners
  • Comes with all necessary resources and links
Cons

  • None