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Eleanor 1st Lady of Radio

Students will read and analyze the two parts of Eleanor Roosevelt's radio broadcast on Dec. 7, 1941. Through class & small group discussion, students will analyze what Eleanor’s message was intended to be and how it was delivered. Students will identify the talking points and how they differ from the original broadcast. Students will consider the effect of Eleanor’s speech, being the first, to address the attack on Pearl Harbor from the White House. Students will conclude the lesson with listening to the radio broadcast and discuss how hearing her voice might change tone of the speech they read.
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Executive Orders That Zoom or Zapped Democracy

Students will analyze ten presidential executive orders that had consequential ramifications on American society.
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The Legacy of Executive Order 9981 on the Vietnam War

Students will evaluate the effectiveness of Truman’s Executive Order #9981 on American society by the time of the Vietnam War
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In what ways did the atomic bomb change the world?

Students will look at how the atomic bomb changed the world politically, socially, technologically and economically.
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“James K Polk Who?” An introduction

This activity includes whole group instruction, small group instruction and individual instruction. The instructor should prepare the pacing and depth of conversation based on the level of the students in the class.
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The Potsdam Conference, 1945

Students will participate in a simulation of the Potsdam Conference between the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.
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Interpreting Norman Rockwell’s Painting Concerning the 1948 Presidential Election

Group discussion of Norman Rockwell’s painting from the October 30, 1948 cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
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Bad Speeches

Students will analyze notable bad speeches from political figures. Students will then take on the role of speech editor to rewrite or edit the speech to make it successful.

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Communicating the Presidency: The Media and Public Opinion

Assignment is both individual and cooperative integrating media and visual literacy
into social studies core content using primary sources - Presidential photographs. Abraham
Lincoln, our 16th president, and an early adopter of his era’s newest technology (photography),
has a lot in common with today’s Instagram and TikTok stars. Recognizing the camera's power,
Abraham Lincoln made extensive use of photographs during his presidency. He often sat for the
leading photographers of the day, allowing them to distribute his image widely. Lincoln was the
first president to take full advantage of photography, both as a campaign tool and to craft a
desirable public persona.
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According to Abe

The purpose of this lesson is for the students to realize that though Lincoln was faced with numerous
challenges throughout his presidency his goals remained steadfast and his convictions firm, as is clearly
evidenced by his speeches.
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