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Explore the Story of a Presidency

Students will select a president, find images of their presidency and write a brief essay explaining how the photos they selected tell the story of that presidency.

PROCESS:

  1. In groups, pairs or on their own, have students pick one U.S. president.
  2. Instruct students to conduct research to learn all about that president and his time in office. Challenge them to identify overall themes, defining moments and key players that influenced the president's tenure.
  3. Encourage students to find photographs that they think define the president's time in office. Then have them write a brief essay explaining how the photos they selected tell the story of this presidency.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their essays with the class. Challenge them to identify specific reasons why they chose each photo and how the photos work together to tell the story of this presidency.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Instruct groups to pick a president, identify the most important events that took place during his presidency and find photos to illustrate each event.
Grades 5-6:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Instruct groups to pick a president and identify the most important events that took place during his presidency. Tell students to find photos that illustrate those events and the key players involved. Challenge them to identify important people, places and things in the photographs.
Grades 7-8:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Instruct partners to pick a president, summarize the overall theme of his presidency and identify defining moments that reinforced that theme. Encourage students to find photos of important people, places and things related to those moments. Challenge them to incorporate detailed information about each photo into their essays. If two or more pairs selected the same president to investigate, compare and contrast the results.
Grades 9-10:
Have each student select a president to study and identify a personal or professional theme that defined his presidency. Encourage students to find photographs of defining moments that reinforced that theme. Challenge them to identify important people, places and things in each photo. If two or more students investigated the same president, have them share their essays one after the other. Have students compare and contrast the results to develop a broader understanding of this president and his time in office.