These are two PowerPoints I teach in succession. The first is John Adams’s Presidency, and the second is Thomas Jefferson’s Presidency.
The Adams PowerPoint surveys the United States’ 2nd President, John Adams’ Presidency. It discusses the Election of 1796, the XYZ affair, Quasi War the Alien and Sedition Acts (as well as reactions to), and the continuation of the nullification debate.
The Thomas Jefferson PowerPoint continues with the Election of 1800, provides background information of Jefferson and his image as a President, the Issue of Judicial Review, Sally Hemings, the Embargo Act, the Louisiana Purchase, and the infamous Aaron Burr. The lesson concludes with a formative assessment where students must evaluate Jefferson’s Presidency. I’ve also added a reading on Marbury/Madison that takes the issue more in-depth than the PowerPoint.
Generally, I do not teach these on the same day as that devotes a lot of direct instruction for one day. If you’re looking for something to break up these PowerPoints, I’ve had my students create bumper stickers that could be used in the election of 1800. Students must choose a candidate, and create a slogan or message that would be beneficial to his campaign.
This Zip file includes:
John Adams’s Presidency PowerPoint
Thomas Jefferson’s Presidency PowerPoint
Grading Adams Formative Assessment
Grading Jefferson Formative Assessment
Marbury/Madison Reading-Student handout
Marbury/Madison Reading-Teacher copy