In this lesson students will learn about Ronald Reagan’s vision for the United States and analyze the ways in which political advertisements attempt to sway the opinions of voters through the examination of election advertisements during the 1984 Presidential election cycle. Students will then create their own political advertisement based on their own vision for the United States.
This thematic lesson plan is designed to introduce lower elementary school students to the life and interests of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States and the 33rd Governor of California, through Common Core Aligned lesson and activities that develop literacy, numeracy, and physical education skills.
In the Reading and Writing Lesson, students will explore a timeline that explains some of the major events and accomplishments in President Reagan’s life. In the mathematics lesson, students will utilize President Reagan’s favorite snack, jelly beans, to explore basic concepts of addition and subtraction. In the physical education lesson, students will learn about President Reagan’s favorite hobby, horseback riding, as they learn to change speeds while moving in different patterns.
In this lesson, students will learn both to be informed and to be engaged as they research an issue that is important to them, and communicate their thoughts on the issue to the President of the United States. They will also develop their literacy skills as they learn to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of student-composed letters to the president.
In this lesson students will analyze various factors contributing to the fall of the Soviet Union. They will examine sources that reveal both historical details and rhetoric that led to the collapse of the eastern communist superpower, and ultimately the end of the Cold War. In pursuit of this understanding, students will analyze and evaluate the discourse between Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union, and Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States.