The Reagan presidency changed America. This activity provides your students with an opportunity to investigate its impact and debate the pros and cons of President Ronald's Reagan domestic agenda!
This "Reagan and Reaganomics" Activity includes:
1) A comprehensive study of the domestic agenda of President Ronald Reagan. Students will examine the personal background of Ronald Reagan, as well as his political and economic beliefs. Then, they will answer questions provided on a graphic organizer about the policy of "Reaganomics", including the pillars of tax and spending policies used by President Reagan, criticisms of the policies, and the impact these policies had on the American economy. Students will also evaluate Reagan's efforts to deregulate American industries in order to spur economic growth, including Reagan's stance on the EPA and how he attempted to reign in overreach. Students will then share their opinions of the lasting legacy of the Reagan administration in areas such as the economy, American politics, the Supreme Court, and Reagan's image as a leader. Lastly, students will use a document provided that includes excerpts from President Reagan's first inaugural address to develop an argument as to whether President Reagan was successful in accomplishing his goals as president. Student arguments will be one paragraph in length and should be backed up with evidence from the document and facts provided, as well as what they've learned.
The great thing about this activity is that it gives you many different ways to use it. You can have the students work individually on the document or they can discuss in pairs. You can set it up in a gallery walk and have the students walk around the room discussing each program. The options for this activity are endless.
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Objective 9.7 - Reaganomics and the Reagan Revolution
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