The American Presidency - The 20th Century!
Teacher: Donna Connolly
Class Fees: $235 or $215 if taking 2 or more classes
Mat Fees: $30
During the ten weeks of the Spring semester, we will cover all US Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to William J. Clinton; 1901 to 2000.
In the beginning of the nineteen hundreds, the average American traveled in a horse drawn carriage, set milk on the windowsill to cool, communicated with friends and family by mail, got their news from newspapers and lighted candles and oil lamps to see in the dark. By the end of the 20th Century, the automobile replaced the carriage, there was a refrigerator in every home, communication was not only instant, but global, and the same fuel used today to power mass transit systems was also used to propel a rocket toward the moon. Every President that served in the White House in the 2nd full Century, contributed to the rapid growth of industry and technology that put the first airplane in the sky, the first man on the moon, and the first woman in Congress.
A typical day will include a brief video from the PBS series 60-Second Presidents. After that, the students will take turn reading from their journals. We will continue to work in interactive notebooks, which I find useful in compiling a lot of dates and information in a fun and interactive way. They also provide work samples for Charters.
I like to reserve the last half hour of class for a fun game that doubles as review. It’s a great way to see if they were listening and retaining the information. And it makes learning fun.
This semester I have planned a projectthat will require outside research. By the end of the semester, I would like to compile a book called The 20th Century in Review (or whatever the students want to call it) that will contain news articles written by the students as if they were reporting on events as they actually happened. The articles will enable the students to be both reporter and spectator; interviewer and interviewee. There is such a plethora of remarkable people and incredible events that comprise the landscape of this fascinating period in American history.
In addition to the interactive notebook, the brief video and the fun project, we will also read news clippings, listen to Tales 2 Go series “You Are There” and view available and appropriate videos like MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the Apollo Moon Landing.
We will cover a lot of history in a short period; but it will be well worth the work. I am looking forward to an enjoyable and exhilarating semester.