Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Presidential Elections Project
Author:
Janeal Schmidt
Course:
US History
Time Frame:
Students will present one election per week. They will work on this outside of class.
Grade Levels:
10, 11, 12

Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:

Students will research one presidential election each semester.  Students will listen to the Washington Post Podcast “Presidential” about the presidency they selected.  Students will create a poster about the election and presidency.  Then they will present a 3-5 minute presentation about their president, using their poster and the information they gained from researching the president and the election.

Rationale:

Students in Advanced Placement US History will study the major elections and events of each American presidency.  Students understanding of each election and presidency will help them to contextualize major events in American history.

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:


KS HGSS Standard 1:  Choices have consequences.

1.1  The student will recognize and evaluate significant choices made by individuals, communities, states, and nations that have impacted our lives and futures.

1.2  The student will analyze the context under which choices are made and draw conclusions about the motivations and goals of the decision-makers.

1.3  The student will investigate examples of causes and consequences of particular choices and connect those choices with contemporary issues.

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

http://www.270towin.com/historical-presidential-elections/

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/votes/

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/elections.php

Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

Students will utilize primary sources from each presidential election.

  • For each election, students will be required to use at least one primary source in their discussion.
  • Presidential Library websites when available for the election.

Full description of activity or assignment.
  • Students will research their assigned election.
  • They will listen to the Presidential podcast episode about their election and write a paragraph summary of the episode.
  • Students will create a poster about the election and presidency.
  • Then they will present a 3-5 minute presentation about their president, using their poster and the information they gained from researching the president and the election.
  • Students must include the information from the APUSH Presidents file about their president.

They must explain the major items in their presentation.

  • Teacher will grade the presentations using the rubric.

 

Handout - Presidential listing

Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:

Presidential Project Rubric

 

 

Highly Successful

 

Successful

 

Not Yet Successful

Specific Social Studies Grading Criteria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Presidential Podcast

10

8

6

4

2

Demonstrates understanding of importance of topic; use of primary sources.

5

4

3

2

1

Explains candidates and issues in election; discussion of major items from APUSH Presidents file

10

8

6

4

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Curricular Grading Criteria

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking

10

8

6

4

2

Oral Delivery (Volume, Clarity, Rate), Physical Delivery (Eye Contact, Posture), Organization, Visual Aids (Neatness, Presentation), Time Constraints (Length of Time)

 

 

 

 

 

Creativity

5

4

3

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Grading Criteria

 

 

 

 

 

Followed directions (on-time, as assigned, a visual, used class time wisely)

5

4

3

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correct mechanics.

1

 

 

 

0

Organized and easy to follow.

1

 

 

 

0

Work neatly done.

1

 

 

 

0

Artwork/graphics/presentation effectively done.

1

 

 

 

0

Used care in producing product.

1

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS