An Accessible Look at the American Presidency
With the annual observance of Presidents Day, parents and teachers have a unique opportunity to capture their students' interests in a profession that evokes almost universal fascination: The Presidency of the United States. The DCMP has a wide assortment of accessible media titles to aid in planning for your Presidency-related lessons and activities. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator
Learn about Lincoln's childhood in Kentucky, his election, and views against slavery.
The Modern Presidency: Tools of Power
The American presidency has been transformed since the 1930s. Today, presidents are active in the legislative process, use media to appeal to the people, and exercise leadership over an "institutional presidency" with thousands of aides.
Grace for President
When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. She immediately starts off her political career as a candidate in the school’s mock election. Based on the children's book by Kelly DiPucchio.
William McKinley was the first president to campaign by telephone.
Barack Obama collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books.
Grover Cleveland personally answered the White House phone.
George Washington was the only president who did not represent a political party.
NAMES OF PRESIDENTS' DOGS
George Washington: Sweet Lips
James Garfield: Veto
John F. Kennedy: Macaroni
Richard Nixon: Checkers
George W. Bush: Barney
Barack Obama: Bo and Sunny
Joe Biden: Champ and Major