|The third Monday in February is annually observed as Presidents Day in the United States, providing a teachable moment for the discussion of the American Presidency and the individual presidents.|
|U.S. History, the American Presidency, Leadership|
The K-12 TLC Guide to the American Presidency
The K-12 TLC Guide to U.S. History
The K-12 TLC Guide to Leadership
1. Focus on the American Presidency.
2. Focus on specific presidents, such as Washington and Lincoln.
3. Focus on groups of presidents for comparisons and contrasts.
4. Focus on presidents who hail from a specific state.
1. The basics:
2. What is the American Presidency, and what does the president do?
3. What are the powers and limitations of the American Presidency?
4. How has the American Presidency changed over time?
5. Who have been the presidents during war, and who have been the presidents during peace?
6. Who have been the most "successful" presidents?
7. How can historians' opinions about presidents change over time?
1. Assign at least one president to each student, or group of students, so that every president is accounted for. Have the students use the K-12 TLC Guide to the American Presidency to research their president(s), and to be prepared to provide information about their president(s), such as:
Instead of asking for the same information or a report from each student, make it a game by asking questions that will cause the students to analyze their information. Such as:
2. Create a class spreadsheet or database by having students enter in the information about the president(s) they researched, then provide each student with copies of the spreadsheet/database. Have the students rank order the presidents using the information, such as:
3. Examine the major issues of each presidency, and look for trends. Which issues tend to be a major concern for the most presidents, which issues seem to come and go, and which issues were specific only to a single president?
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This guide last edited 10/30/2012
This guide last revised 06/14/2007
This guide created 02/10/2004