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Lesson Purpose

A lesson that encourages students to actively develop their own conclusions, rather than passively absorbing ideas generated by the media or other outside influences. Students use systematic analytical methods to compare past presidents to current or future presidents and to create their own research-based ranking system to compare presidents.


Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will reach consensus within their group regarding the five most important categories/criteria needed to rank or rate a President of the United States and will use their selected categories/criteria to rank U.S. Presidents.
  • Students will analyze how their selected categories/criteria apply to past Presidents of the United States and apply selected categories/criteria to the current U.S. President and/or presidential candidates.

Related Standards:

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Reading Informational Texts
  • Foundations of the Political System
  • Principles of Democracy
  • Evaluating Data
  • Developing Research Skills
  • Speaking and Listening