Step into the shoes of Millard Fillmore!!!
Students start with a short, simple reading on the background of U.S./Japanese relations during the 1850s. Students will then be asked how they would handle the problem if they were president. After finding out how Fillmore dealt with Japan, students will then answer a current issue question with a great tie-in to today.
I use this as an introduction to the topic as I like my students to compare what they would do with what really happened. However, it can be used as reinforcement as well.
This assignment uses problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
I use this with 7th graders, but feel it can be used 7-12.