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*Note:Updated to reflect Donald Trump's presidency. Anyone who has previously purchased this unit should download it again from this page or your purchases page for free!
Election time is tricky to approach as an elementary teacher because we want to steer clear of endorsing one candidate over another. Our students will of course be very interested in the election as a major current event. Here is a resource from my election bundle which I planned as a fair and unbiased look at each of the 2016 candidates.
“Letters to Donald” is a 4 to 6 session mini-unit on the forty-fifth President of the United States. As we move forward in the Trump presidency, we look back on his life story and focus forward on our future as Americans.
I developed this unit because I have seen my own students absorb and make meaning of history by making personal connections to the events and figures that we study. The activities in “Letters to Donald” are ones that my students have particularly enjoyed each year.
Included in this resource:
Teacher directions for a five session sequence.
Templates and samples for poetry writing and friendly letter writing.
Article and response pages for a Close Read about Donald Trump.
Template for an Interactive Notebook glue-in and a “Me for President” poster.
Suggestions for other resources to support learning and understanding.
“Letters to Donald” would make a great addition to your lesson plans for the days leading up to the election and inauguration, or a stand-alone mini-unit connected to your reading and writing standards. You may even want to print all materials and directions and place the unit in your emergency sub tub!
Wishing you and your students an even better understanding of the events that have shaped the American nation’s history, and a clear view of what we as a nation must do to pave the road to the future.
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