This editable lesson plan and its instructional activities provide students an opportunity to reflect on citizenship, the presidency, the nation’s past, and the nation’s future. Students begin by creating an acrostic poem to pre-assess their prior knowledge. Next, students use two column notes to identify “big ideas” and to list supporting details of a presidential inauguration. In small groups, students debrief through a scaffolded questioning strategy. To wrap up the lesson and to reflect on their learning, students write 3 things they learned; describe 2 things they found interesting; and give 1 reason why a new president takes an oath of office. Afterwards, the teacher uses a Plus/Delta Chart to reflect upon his or her implementation of the lesson. Learning plan provides teachers with the flexibility to integrate their own primary source documents into the lesson.
• Learn about the Constitutional provisions for the Presidential
• Identify the powers and the responsibilities of the president.
• Describe the structure of the executive branch.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the political process at the national
level of government.