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A Comparison of John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama

Presidents Kennedy and Obama were both men who changed the world when they become won the Presidency. While these men are quite similar, they are also very different. Essential Question (EQ): How are Presidents Kennedy and Obama alike and different?

Title: A Comparison of John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama

Subject/Topic: US Presidential History

Enduring Understandings:

Presidents Kennedy and Obama were both men who changed the world when they become won the Presidency. While these men are quite similar, they are also very different.

Essential Question (EQ):

How are Presidents Kennedy and Obama alike and different?

Student Skills Utilized:

-Ability to gather information from reference sources using computer technology

-Capacity to compare and contrast

-Capability to collaborate with others on assigned tasks

-Facility to use computer technology to share information

Materials/Resources:

Barack Obama Presidential and Inaugural Buttons, John F. Kennedy Inaugural Buttons, Button construction kits, Access to classroom computers and the Internet, printer, art supplies (paints, blank paper, pencils, markers, crayons, etc. as needed to construct buttons), Transcripts and videos of campaign and inaugural speeches, biographies of both presidents, and rubric to be used by students for peer assessments

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/johnfkennedy

http://www.jfklibrary.org/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama

http://www.loriferber.com/presidential-memorabilia/barack-h-obama/barack-obama-campaign-inaugural-button-set.html

http://www.loriferber.com/kennedy-35th-president-button.html

Additional student and teacher researched online sources

Introduction/Activating Hook: Name that slogan!

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Teacher will call out a variety of well-known product and service slogans and ask the students to name the product or company responsible. Among these will be campaign slogans used by various US presidential campaigns including phrases associated with President Obama and President Kennedy.
  2. Discussion about the relevance of slogans and advertisements; not only in business but more specifically in politics. Students will be asked what they know about Obama’s campaign slogan/catch phrase.
  3. Teacher will mention President Kennedy and ask a series of true/false questions about him. If the students believe “true” they will stand beside their desks, and if they believe the answer is “false”, they will remain seated. This will be done to assess the student’s knowledge of Kennedy.
  4. Students will review Obama’s biography online and watch a couple of videos from each President’s campaign journey and his inaugural speech.
  5. Students will complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the two Presidents based on notes they have taken during discussion and presentation.
  6. Teacher will share purchased Presidential campaign and inaugural buttons and advise the students that they will be creating their own buttons (and a new slogan for the candidate) and writing brief campaign speeches for one of the two Presidents in which the candidate describes his Presidential goals and hopes for America based on historical facts.
  7. Teacher will divide half the room into Kennedy followers and the other half as Obama followers and then with a student’s assistance, share the “how to make a button” instructions with the class.
  8. Students will then work individually to complete their buttons and speeches.
  9. Speeches and buttons will be presented to class by students.

Tailor/Differentiation:

Teacher will work one-on-one with lower functioning and ESOL students as needed.

Ongoing Evaluation:

Teacher will monitor students throughout the class period(s). Students will assess their classmates’ presentations using a short, teacher prepared rubric.

Closure/Summarizing:

Students will answer essential question through assessments. Students will also present projects to class.

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