Presidential Birth Requirement

Every president of the United States must be a natural-born citizen, but the definition of natural-born is not as straightforward as it seems. Secondary scholars examine two points of view surrounding the constitutional requirement and work in groups to synthesize the information in a new bill or argument paper.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect to an election year or when focusing on requirements for American presidency
  • Assign the first video and questions for homework the night before the lesson for a flipped classroom activity; show the second video in class and host a discussion surrounding the question
Classroom Considerations
  • Addresses the controversy surrounding President Obama's birthplace
  • Third page of the resource is blank
  • Both project options require more scaffolding and instruction
  • Resource is a Google document, making it editable upon download
  • Encourages a deeper understanding and analysis of the United States Constitution
  • None