Executive Branch Thematic Unit Bundle

Executive Branch Thematic Unit Bundle
Executive Branch Thematic Unit Bundle
Executive Branch Thematic Unit Bundle
Executive Branch Thematic Unit Bundle
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(3 MB|31 pages, 15 PPT slides)
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  1. Ready to get your students buzzing about your Executive Branch unit? Looking to activate their prior knowledge while having fun and discussing random fun facts about the Presidents? Then this introduction to the American Presidents lesson is for you!Students begin with an Essential Question and then
  2. Hello there!There is so much myth and confusion when it comes to the office of the Presidency, the executive branch, and what the President can and cannot do. This webquest and case study of George Washington are designed to help students better understand this complex topic.First, students will com
  3. Hello there!Let me start by saying this is one of my favorite projects I've ever made. The Presidents Project is a Common Core aligned, engaging, student-centered project that will allow your students to not only learn more about the presidents, but also to better understand what makes a president,
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Hello there!

Every year I find that my US History students do not have a complete understanding of the President's role. They usually think the President is some all mighty being with little limit to their power. It leads to issues with their understanding of American History for the not only the rest of the year, but with comprehending current events as well. That's why I integrated an entire unit on the Executive Branch in my thematically-oriented 11th grade US History class this year. And I've seen amazing results with my students' comprehension of what actually makes a president "good" as well as the role of the president, including how its changed over time.

This unit bundle is designed to flip the switch from merely lecturing or talking about the Presidents every day, to students taking the time to understand how the Presidency actually works, the scope of the Executive Branch, and digging into research about a few presidents they're interested in investigating.

I use this unit to lay a timeline foundation for the rest of my thematically arranged school year.

Through this unit bundle, students will begin by engaging their prior learning about the Presidents through brainstorming activities; investigating the entire Executive Branch online through a webquest; listening to a podcast about the first President and evaluating him; determining which modern presidents are good, bad, and "meh" by creating class criteria to grade presidents and then completing an engaging project; learning about the changing role of the President through an interactive lecture and then evaluating the current President; and writing arguments in the critical thinking unit exam, which asks students to not just regurgitate information, but to truly understand it and make connections on a deeper level. Critical thinking is definitely required!

My philosophy is that lessons should always be engaging, educational, student-centered, and very low prep. Therefore, there is not a lot of prep work involved in any of the lessons. You will not find long lectures, but a few slides of information where needed.

Please view individual lessons prior to purchasing.

What to Expect:

  • Warm Ups or Opening Activities (included in most lessons)
  • 4 Essential Questions
  • 1 Brief Lecture (with Think-Pair-Shares)
  • Student Fill In Notes for Lectures (including Warm Ups)
  • Student Research Activities
  • Engaging Activities including a presidents scramble, webquest, podcast, incredible project, & more
  • 1 Unit Exam & Review Guide
  • 1 Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Daily Lesson Plans
  • Suggested Order of Lessons

Materials Needed:

  • Blank printer paper
  • Ability to play podcast in class
  • Computers for research, activities, & projects
  • Ability to project onto the board or use a doc camera

As I build the lessons that fit into this US History Thematic curriculum map, I'll add them to my TpT store and show you how I use them on Insta stories. Check out @mrspinteractiveclassroom and follow my TpT store (follow star) so you don't miss a beat!

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Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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.
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
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31 pages, 15 PPT slides
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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