Andrew Jackson Evidence Analysis - The $20 Bill Argument

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5th - 8th
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  1. In this Andrew Jackson Bundle, you receive three materials to teach the Age of Jackson! All 3 activities are designed around the essential question: Should Andrew Jackson be removed from the $20 bill? Students complete a Webquest to research Andrew Jackson's actions, participate in a debate arguing
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Andrew Jackson, one of the most controversial presidents in American history, has been on the $20 bill since 1928. In this activity, students work as investigators analyzing evidence to determine if he should remain on the $20 or if he should be removed.

Students analyze 6 pieces of evidence in this Webquest. As they examine each piece of evidence, they must determine what this evidence says about Andrew Jackson - does he deserve to be on the $20?

This activity is much more than a traditional question-answer Webquest. Students are working as detectives to analyze evidence and draw conclusions from that evidence.

There are multiple options for how you can do this activity:

1) You can assign half the students the role of defending Jackson's actions and the other half the role of using the evidence to prove why he should be removed. As they read each document, they have to decide if it supports their argument or the other side. If it supports their argument, they pick out the key elements to defend their position. If it better supports the other side, they need to develop a rebuttal to that evidence.

2) You could also assign every student the role of being an impartial investigator. As they read each document, they decide if it proves he deserves to remain or should be removed. They find the direct evidence that supports their position.

This Andrew Jackson Webquest is included in a complete Andrew Jackson bundle, located here:

Andrew Jackson $20 Bill Bundle

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If you have access to the History Alive textbook, you may be interested in the version of this activity that uses the textbook:

History Alive: Andrew Jackson and the $20 Bill

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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