American Presidency Lesson Plans (Grades 10-12)

Grade Range: 10-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 380 minutes
Date Posted: 12/17/2012

Studying the presidency offers students a new way to explore the democratic political process and to expand their understanding of how this process has shaped the nation's history and continues to influence their own lives. What does it mean to be the president of the United States of America? What is the relationship of the presidency to the American people? The activities included in this section, many of which are based on primary sources, are designed to supplement your American history curriculum and to challenge students to tackle sophisticated questions and issues.

This package of lessons addresses campaigns and elections, roles and responsibilities, limits of power, assassination and mourning, and communicating the presidency. Each topic includes teacher background information and student activities, while some topics also include supporting primary sources.

National Standards

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)

Instructional Strategies