President Who? Forgotten Founders and Their Capitols
Students explore the beginning of the United Colonies that were formed in 1774. In this history lesson, students discuss the Articles of Confederation and then answer questions about the events surrounding the development of the colonies.
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The President’s Desk
What stories can a desk paperweight and picture frame possibly tell us about the president of the United States? Pupils are transported to the desk of President John F. Kennedy through a highly interactive and engaging online interactive...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The American Presidency Grades 7-9
As part of a study of the American Presidency, groups investigate five topics: Campaigns and Elections, Role and Responsibilities, Life in the White House, Assassination and Mourning, and Communicating the Presidency.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
George Washington: A National Treasure
Take a closer look at the life and presidency of George Washington with this great set of lesson plans and worksheets. The resource includes a timeline of the president's life and multiple opportunities for primary source and image...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A President's Vision: Thomas Jefferson
Here you'll find a fantastic resource for analyzing several primary sources regarding Thomas Jefferson's presidency, from his election and home in Monticello to the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Louisiana Purchase.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Presidential Veto Power
Get into the nuts and bolts of a key element of the checks and balances system in the United States: the presidential veto. Not only will your class members learn about the mechanisms of the veto, but they will also review the major...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Who Was More American: Japanese-Americans Who Dissented Against Internment or Those that Supported the War Effort?
Was the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II constitutional? Who was more American: Japanese-Americans who dissented against the internment or those who supported the war effort? Class members do a close reading of...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Literature Connection – Presidential Leadership
Who has been the best United States president? Using the list of qualities developed in the previous instructional activity and essays from Presidential Leadership, class groups develop their case and present their argument for who...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Case Study of Presidential Inaugurations: Kennedy and Obama
How do the inauguration ceremonies of a president-elect reflect the values of that president? This is the question presented to government students as they research and compare the inaugurations of John F. Kennedy in 1961 and...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Roles & Powers of the President
Here is a fantastic, comprehensive resource on the roles and powers assigned to the president of the United States. It includes several critical thinking exercises and engaging activities, from cartoon analysis and the opportunity to...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable