Scandals, Gossip, and the American Presidency
Students examine scandals that plagued offices of various American Presidents, research specific scandals in small groups, discuss their findings, along with scandals of other public figures, and explore gossip on personal level.
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Propaganda and Spin
The propaganda devices used by politicians' spin doctors can successfully change minds and shift public opinion. A timely resource asks class members to examine how these devices are used to influence the way citizens think about an...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
U.S. v. Nixon (1974)
Do the communications of the president of the United States have the privilege of confidentiality? Read the arguments behind president Richard Nixon and the Supreme Course in US v. Nixon, and take a closer look at the timeline of the...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Watergate and White House Scandals
How scandalous! Take your class through the more implicating pages of American history with this activity, which compares Watergate to other White House scandals (Iran-Contra, Teapot Dome, or Whitewater). Then create a timeline of...
8th - 11th English Language Arts
History vs. Richard Nixon
Should we remember Richard Nixon only for his abuse of power and the scandal that resulted in the end of his presidency? Here is a fantastic TedEd video illustrating major highlights from Nixon's term as president of the United States,...
6 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
American Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant
It's hard to believe that Ulysses S. Grant was nicknamed "Useless S. Grant" by his brother, especially after taking over after Abraham Lincoln's sudden death! Find out what Grant's biggest mistake was and what he ended up doing after his...
3 mins 5th - 8th Social Studies & History