Using This Site With Your Class

The following are suggestions that will help you make the best use of this site with your students.

Elementary Level Students

Children Write to the Presidents

Students are invited to read several real letters written by children to different presidents. Each letter is accompanied by a series of questions that help students analyze it. Finally using helpful tips, children are invited to e-mail the president themselves.
 

All the President's Children

Students are introduced to fun facts about seven different children who lived in the White House.
 

Lesson Plans -- grades 4-6

The National Museum of American History and The History Channel developed these lessons based upon the exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden. The lesson plans, which include several primary sources, are presented as PDF files and can easily be downloaded and printed out for use in your classroom.

Topics include: campaigning, inaugurations, presidential roles, life in the White House, and assasinations and mourning.


Middle School Students

Polling: Your Opinion Counts

After learning about how presidents use opinion polls, students can register their opinions on important issues and see their answers compared with the results of all others who've participated the poll.
 

Which President Was it?

Ten questions, based upon the time line navigation tool, challenge students to use their previous knowledge and to learn more about the presidency.
 

Lesson plans -- grades 7-9

The National Museum of American History and The History Channel developed these lessons based upon the exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden. The lesson plans, which include several primary sources, are presented as PDF files and can easily be downloaded and printed out for use in your classroom.

Topics include: campaigning, presidential roles, life in the White House, assasinations and mourning, and the media.



High School Students

The President's Job

This activity features a page from President Harry S. Truman's daily agenda to challenge students to learn about the seven different roles a president must assume to do his job successfully--Commander in Chief, National Leader, Chief Executive, Manager of the Economy, Chief Diplomat, Party Leader, and Ceremonial Head of State.
 

Tell Us What You Think

This visitor opinion poll is based upon the National Museum of American History's exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden. These questions can be answered on the site by students or used in class for debate or discussion.
 

Lesson plans -- grades 10 -12

The National Museum of American History and The History Channel developed these lessons based upon the exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden. The lesson plans, which include several primary sources, are presented as PDF files and can easily be downloaded and printed out for use in your classroom.

Topics include: campaigning, presidential roles, limits of presidential power, assasinations and mourning, and the media.



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