This is the entire bundle Ranking the Top 10 Most Important Events for the first 22 U.S. Presidents. If you buy the entire bundle, versus individual activities, you save $6!
This packet covers the most important events that occurred from 1789 (Washington), to 1889 (Cleveland's 1st term). The lists act as graphic organizers, and allow students to chunk historical events by presidents, allowing for better retention, and a concise, comprehensive study guide! The second bundle will be posted shortly.
This is an excellent cooperative learning activity; as students can be placed into groups, with the task of coming up with the Top 10 list (facilitating debate, problem solving, and rigorous discussion of historical topics). The goal of course, is to create the list with reasoning, and in order of importance! Students will also grade the president; establishing their own viewpoint as to whether this is a "good," "bad," "mediocre," "poor," or "great" U.S. President.
After evaluating important historical events during each president's tenure, create a list of the ten most important events (from 1-10, most important to least important), that took place from during their term(s) in office. After creating your list, explain your reasoning for including the particular event in the box labeled “reason for ranking.” Always think: cause and effect, who, what, when, where, why; overall historical impact on the country during and after the event.
There is a "just missed" mini-list for possible events that almost made the cut.
Teachers can use this activity to foster debate, cause and effect events, as well as historical significance and perspective.
As a bonus, students will get to assign a letter grade to the president (A-F). Students must then defend their position with reasoning, and a written explanation.
Teachers can use this list to make a consensus or aggregate ranking of the Top 10 Events of the time period. This is a terrific "chunking" activity that can take up to two class periods (usually one); or make an excellent supplemental homework activity.
Students can use their text, notes, the internet, or other sources to complete this activity. It is versatile and succinct.
These activities can also be used for an assessment. Students can complete the assignments individually, or in a cooperative learning environment, and then have to fill in the blanks without any assistance.
Enjoy, and hope you find this helpful!