Remembering the President
For this project, the students will have the opportunity to add drawing and designing to research and speaking skills.
Share the following prompt with students:
You have been selected to create a memorial to your assigned president. You will need to select a theme, based on what you learn about the chief executive and his administration. Your memorial may include a monument, but it must include at least five important events, policies, or facts about the president and his time in office. Those may be represented in paintings, sculpture, or any other means you choose.
You should make a scale model of your proposed memorial, which you will use to supplement the speech you make to “Congress," in which you make the case for funding the building of your design. When all of the presentations have been completed, you and your classmates will vote on the three models to be constructed.
After the presentations, line up the models with small envelopes in front of them. Give each student three small paper strips on which he should write his name. Students vote for funding a model by placing one of the strips in the envelope of their choice; they may place all three in one envelope, or split them in any combination.
With these ideas for teaching through the unit on presidents, your students may not be the only ones learning something new about our nation's chief executive.
These activities come from the author's years of classroom experience.
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