The First Presidents : A Research Project

 

 

 

 

YOUR MISSION

After researching your assigned president, you and your group will decide the answers to these

 

Focus Questions!!!

  1. Was he a good leader?
  2. What lasting legacy did he leave to the United States, to help it grow into a stronger nation?

You and your team will make a brief (15-20) minute presentation about your assigned president, proving to all that your answers are correct.

YOUR TASK

  1. Everyone in the group will have one Research Role:
    1. Press Secretary (Biographer)
    2. Political Advisor (What political issues were important during this man’s presidency)
    3. Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs expert)
    4. Secretary of the Interior (Expert on issues at home)
       
  1. Everyone in the group will have one Group Role

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GROUP

Each group must make a presentation about your president which clearly answers the Focus Questions.

The presentation must include:

  1. A timeline of the president’s life and all the information included in the presentation.
  2. 2 Primary documents:  something the president wrote himself, and something that was written about him or one of his policies
  3. A political cartoon representing your viewpoint on one of his policies or actions

The group will be receiving a grade based on your ability to research, plan and present together effectively.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL

  1. Completed Research Logs, which document your research process.  A bibliography is included in your Research Logs, so there’s no need to make a separate one.
  2. You must use at least 3 books (the textbook can count as one).  No internet this time.
  3. On-task behavior in class, and evidence of work done at home.
  4. Each person must be a part of the group’s presentation.  No fair hiding behind someone who’s a natural performer.
  5. You will be receiving a grade based on your personal contribution to the research, planning and presentation.


RESEARCH SUBJECTS

President

Press Secretary
(Biographer)

Political Advisor
(Administration)

Secretary of State
(Foreign Affairs)

Secretary of the Interior
(Domestic Issues)

WASHINGTON

Personal life & character. What was he like?

Formation of the Cabinet; Hamilton’s Economic Plan

 

The French Revolution
Jay’s Treaty  Pinckney’s Treaty

 

The Whiskey Rebellion

 

 ADAMS

Personal life & character. What was he like?

The Growth of Political Parties

 

XYZ Affair & Near War with France

Alien & Sedition Acts; The Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions (Nullification)

JEFFERSON

Personal life & character. What was he like?

Jeffersonian Democracy (including Marbury v. Madison)

Impressment problems with England and France; the Barbary Pirates; The Embargo Acts

Tecumseh’s Call for Unity

 MADISON

Personal life & character. What was he like?

The American System

The War of 1812 (causes and battles)

The lasting effects of the War of 1812; The Star-Spangled Banner

 MONROE

Personal life & character. What was he like?

The Era of Good Feelings

Monroe Doctrine

The Missouri Compromise

JACKSON

Personal life & character. What was he like?

Jacksonian Democracy

The Indian Removal Act & Trail of Tears

The Spoils System

 

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