National Government: The Executive Branch
Session 3: Duties of the President
- Overhead projector or board
- Several hats
- Tape of State of the Union Address (alternative)
- Internet access (alternative)
Suggestion: Before class, the teacher places several hats on his or her head and wears them during the homework review. The teacher then explains that the President performs many duties simultaneously; thus, the President is said to wear a lot of hats.
- Review Homework assignment by quickly allowing students to discuss the duties of the President and Vice President. (This information should be taken from the list that students generated as homework.)
- Have students prepare a chart that identifies what they want to know about the roles of the President and what they learned at the end of the lesson.
- Write the eight roles of the President on the board. Direct the students to create in their notebooks a table that shows the President's role on the left and the exact functions he fulfills in that role on the right. (Guided Practice)
- ALTERNATE ASSIGNMENT (Independent Practice)
• Show students a copy of a State of the Union Address and have them work in groups to find evidence of the President performing each of the roles of President.
• Allow students to write a State of the Union Address that addresses all of the President's roles.
• Have students use the Internet, newspapers, and magazines to find evidence of the President fulfilling his presidential roles.
- Review the roles of the President. Have students write or discuss which role(s) is most generally identified with the President. (Closure Activity)
- Homework: Have students create a list of which Presidents they believe did a better job performing each of the presidential roles.