Famous Presidents - Who was the greatest US President? (Critical Thinking Project) - This 9 page resource includes a research project for the Presidents of the United States. The resource requires students to complete research on a chosen President in relation to his history and significance and then to create a display to show their research. It centers on the question: Who is the greatest US President?
The resource includes a student handout that details the expectations of the project and how it can best be completed. As well, it contains a list of many different Presidents that can be researched from the history of the United States, thereby allowing enough topics for a large class.
Next, the resource includes a research organizer for students (or small groups) to use when completing their research for their chosen President. It contains boxes with titles of information for students to complete before they begin creating their project.
As well, the resource includes a marking rubric for the teacher to use when assessing the completed projects. The rubric is also a powerful tool to provide to students as they complete their projects and for use with self-assessment or peer assessment.
Next, the resource includes a writing assignment with rubric that can be used as part of a concluding activity for the research project. It requires students to argue and defend their choice in regards to who is the greatest President.
Finally, the resource includes a two and a half page teacher guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to carry out the activities in the Presidents Research Project. As well, it details opportunities for differentiation, online research sources for students and how the project can be used to enhance collaboration among students.
This is an excellent tool when learning about the history of American Democracy, Presidents or as part of a Presidents Day activity. It is an excellent resource for having your students collaborate, research and showing their understanding in creative and innovative ways. It will make a great addition to any Presidents unit of study!