Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.

Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
Antebellum Presidents Campaign Activity: Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, etc.
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The forgotten presidents can be hard to teach! Have students make campaign commercials for presidents from the antebellum and present commercials to classmates to make these men more memorable!

Students campaign for: Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore

Each group is given SPECIFIC requirements for what they must include about the specific PRESIDENT they are campaigning for! EVERY group must address their candidate's position on slavery and expansion, as well as their war experience and political party.

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  • Teacher Directions
  • Student Directions
  • Student Note-taking sheet
  • Slides to display in class

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Students will be assigned a president, given content requirements, time to research, and allowed time to create an engaging campaign commercial to present to their classmates. Let students take notes on each other's commercials during the presentations. Slides are included for a teacher to review big ideas--including Whigs v. Democrats! Slides also have a short warm-up and discussion activity!

I used this activity in an American History class to get students engaged with the Forgotten/Shadow Presidents! I knew my students did not need to know detailed facts about each president, but they all needed to know about the role of expansion, changing political parties, and the expansion of slavery during the Antebellum. My students get creative with this group project every year!

Covers: Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore; expansion; Mexican-American War; Texas annexation; Whigs; Democrats; presidents dying in office and Vice Presidential succession

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Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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