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I agree with the above post...I think that the reason that Social studies (and history in particular) is so interesting to kids is that you can draw so many parallels to current events, and cultural shifts My class is taught from a "Social Studies is everywhere" perspective and we are constantly looking at how we did/did not learn from the events of the past, and the kids do a fantastic job of analyzing current news by relating it to what happened in the past. IMO, this is what it's really about...

Just my two cents, but I think shrinking it down to a bunch of "cool facts" in chunks by president will turn the class into "jeopardy-style" learning and miss out on the bigger connections. Plus, how will you decide what presidents to include and who to exclude? Teaching history this way will distill it to a political focus, instead of where the focus should be: on the human story.

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HistoryNerdin 03-30-2019 07:32 PM

I think your idea is a fabulous one. History is all encompassing, and it can be overwhelming to the students. By breaking down the material by President, it will help the students learn more comprehensibly. A lot of why history events occurred is due to the decisions of the President(s) of the time. It is our goal as educators to implement life-long learning for our students. History is a tricky subject because most students are not interested, and they often find it a bore because the classrooms are structured around the lecture strategy. It is time to make a change and I think you are headed in the right direction by creating lessons that will help your students obtain the material.

What I would suggest adding is with every President and the current events of the matching era, make those events relevant to your students. How can you tie the events that occurred years ago to them presently and personally? People in general learn more effectively when they have a connection to the subject/material. To a young student's mind, history is not relevant to them; it is our job as history teachers to connect how history relates and affects them.

Thank you for allowing me to contribute to your exciting lesson idea.

BlueSnow 05-04-2013 06:35 PM

There is a fantastic series of videos on the presidents by the History Channel called The Presidents. Each president is covered in a 20-30 minute clip. It's really well done.

historyrocks 04-05-2013 05:35 PM

Just an FYI:
United Streaming has a presidential series - but I think its only through Pierce. Each video has teacher/student materials, like timelines which incorportates both U.S. and World events during that time period.

starbucksmom1 03-26-2013 04:38 PM

do you mean by individual presidents? Since there have been 44 that is a lot of "eras." Maybe I misunderstood?

mrsb12247 02-24-2013 03:04 PM

I agree with the above post...I think that the reason that Social studies (and history in particular) is so interesting to kids is that you can draw so many parallels to current events, and cultural shifts My class is taught from a "Social Studies is everywhere" perspective and we are constantly looking at how we did/did not learn from the events of the past, and the kids do a fantastic job of analyzing current news by relating it to what happened in the past. IMO, this is what it's really about...

Just my two cents, but I think shrinking it down to a bunch of "cool facts" in chunks by president will turn the class into "jeopardy-style" learning and miss out on the bigger connections. Plus, how will you decide what presidents to include and who to exclude? Teaching history this way will distill it to a political focus, instead of where the focus should be: on the human story.

Rockguykev 02-24-2013 11:54 AM

How will you deal with long term trends, cultural shifts, events that happened later but were sown earlier?

It seems to me that limiting history to 8-year periods (at best) would make it very compartmentalized and risk become a trivia-fest.

Miss.Lucy 02-24-2013 09:59 AM

I really want to teach my US history class by presidential terms. For example we would have an "Abraham Lincoln" unit and during that unit we would talk about everything that happened in US history during his presidency (In addition to diving in to Abraham Lincoln as a man much more in depth) My thinking behind this is a combination of a few things:
1. To me it just make more sense
2. I think that history would be more memorable this way
3. It would allow me to introduce some REALLY cool topics that I don't feel like the original curriculum has room for (ex. 1: There is a whole group of people who believe that Lincoln was already dying from a rare heredity disorder which also explains his physical stature. ex. 2: during a duel Andrew Jackson was shot and supposedly NEVER moved, then killed his opponent. Why? The man insulted Rachel's honor.) History is really cool and I want my kids to grasp that!
4. I think history would be more easily understood
So now my question is has anyone ever done or heard of this? If so how did you do it? Did your kids like it? Any tips/suggestions? I plan to use interactive binders.
I know this will require a LOT of work upfront on my part but I'm completely okay with that.
Thanks y'all!




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