Impeachment: What is this Word Called Impeachment? A Webquest

Gail Hennessey
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5th - 9th
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NEW: Due to the Domestic Terrorist attack on our Capitol on January 6, 2021, the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump(again), on January 13, 2021. The charge was "Incitement of insurrection". The senate trial on this new impeachment article will begin on Feb. 9th.

On December 18, 2019, the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump, charging him with 2 articles of Impeachment, for trying to get the leader of Ukraine to find "dirt" on his political candidate and if he didn't help, aid from the United States would be denied. The Senate acquitted Donald Trump of the charges.

What exactly is impeachment? In U.S. History, only two other presidents have been impeached. Those presidents were Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither were convicted during a trial and finished out their terms of office.  President, Richard Nixon, was going to be impeached but he resigned, pressured by members of his own Republican party, before he was impeached.  

Use this webquest to introduce students to the issue of impeachment, how the founding fathers determined the use of impeachment in the U.S. Constitution and the history of impeachment.

There are 11 web questions on this topic(including the Order of Succession and the Checks and Balances between the three branches of government). There is also a short Did You Know? section and several comprehension questions. The Teacher Page includes the key and several extension activities.

Other resources you may find of interest:

1. Learn more about the Election Process with this web quest: The Election Process, A Webquest Students will learn about the election process including requirements to run for office, requirements to vote, the Succession Act, the Electoral College and more. There are 12 web questions, a Did You Know? fact section and comprehension questions.

2. Learn more about Presidents with this web quest.

Did You know that President John Quincy Adams had an alligator? Martin Van Buren had two tiger cubs and President McKinley's pet parrot could whistle, "Yankee Doodle". Did you know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt served HOT DOGS to the King of England? Did you know that President Garfield could write with both his right and left hand at the SAME time? Presidential Webquest/Extension Activities: ,Presidential Trivia,A Webquest

3. Do YOU Know Your Presidents is a series of three challenges. Each challenge worksheet has 25 questions(with 3 choices). The first challenge is the easiest with the third, the hardest.

There is also a Presidential Did You Know? Presidential Quiz Challenges

4. Learn about the White House: Learn about the White House with 10 informative web questions, comprehension and discussion questions and several extension activitiesLearn about the White House

5. Constitution Day is September 17th each year(except for 2017) when the day falls on a Sunday and will be celebrated on September 18th. This play would be a great addition to your lessons about the U.S. Constitution.

Part of my Ms. Bie Ografe series of plays, this Reader's Theater Script is on the "Father of the Constitution", James Madson(1751-1836), and his sharing with students the history of the writing of the Constitution. Madison who would become the 4th President of the United States(1809-1817)), played a very important role in the forming of our US Constitution. In addition to being a delegate, he introduced the first additions to the Constitution(amendments) which came to be known as the Bill of Rights. With 13 audience questioners, a Did You Know Section, comprehension questions, a Teacher Page with extension activities, key and additional links, students will learn about the writing of our important government document, the Constitution.

Constitution(James Madison,"Father of the Constitution", A Reader's Theater Script

Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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