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.
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