Literature Connection – Presidential Leadership

Who has been the best United States president? Using the list of qualities developed in the previous lesson and essays from Presidential Leadership, class groups develop their case and present their argument for who should be considered the best president in American history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the groups that researched the top two vote-getters stage a debate 
Classroom Considerations

  • A protocol must be in place for a fact-based, respectful discussion of issues
  • The second in a series of six related resources designed to be used in order
  • Requires individual copies of Presidential Leadership, edited by James Taranto and Leonard Leo
  • The essays in Presidential Leadership cover only the first 43 US presidents
  • Requires knowledge of previous presidencies
Pros

  • The activity requires groups to use Presidential Leadership as a source in their argument
  • The activity focuses on the qualities needed in a president
Cons

  • None