A discussion of the story So You Want to be President

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SWBAT closely examine former Presidents of the USA and their roles, responsibilities, and importance in history as they discuss the story "So You Want to Be President?."

Big Idea

Students will examine former U.S. Presidents and their roles, responsibilities, and importance in history as we discuss the story "So You Want to Be President?."


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9 minutes

The office of President of the United States is the highest governmental office in our nation.  This lesson is designed to allow students to gain an understanding of the requirements to run for President, the roles and responsibilities, and the importance of the office and those who have gained a place in history by being the elected to this office.  To build background knowledge, we watched a short Brainpop video and took the quiz whole group to check for understanding. (Students show answers in sign language - a, b, c, or d.) (Click here to watch video.)

Group Discussion

30 minutes

I want my scholars to know they can learn a lot by watching, listening, and doing; but reading is one of the best ways to learn about so many new and exciting things.  In this lesson, I adhere to my athletes and prospective entertainers, by telling them that great athletes, singers, dancers, and musicians all have something in common - they all practice daily.  So should they practice reading everyday in order to become strong, skillful readers.  In this lesson, scholars participated in a close read, asking and answering text-based questions about the story "So You Want to be President?" (see attached Powerpoint presentation as a resource)


20 minutes

Students did a quick write to tell 3 interesting things they learned about the office of the President or specific U.S. Presidents.

Homework:  Afterwards, I discussed the end of quarter research project on a U.S. President.  I developed a list of U.S. Presidents and allowed students to choose 1 so that everyone doesn't select the same President.  I then reviewed the attached project guidelines and scoring rubric with students.  Students will have 1 week to complete the project.  We will have some time in class to work on the project, but most work will be done by students outside of class.