The Legacy of Ronald Reagan
The Center for Civic Education and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation have collaborated to produce "The Legacy of Ronald Reagan," a lesson for students in grades 7–9. The lesson challenges students to reflect on principles at the core of civic education in the United States, such as constitutional government, the rule of law, popular sovereignty, individual rights to liberty, and responsible citizenship. These principles pervaded the political writings, speeches, and actions of Ronald Reagan. They anchored his leadership of America during two presidential terms, 1981–1989. And they are a lasting legacy to the American people.

Ronald Reagan Day Lesson for Upper Elementary Students

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.

Ronald Reagan Day Lesson for Lower Elementary Students

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.

Ronald Reagan Day Lesson for Middle School Students

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.

Ronald Reagan Day Lesson for High School Students

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.

Cold War Document Based Question
Utilizing primary source documents from the archives of Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Reagan, this piece of curriculum is modeled after the Advanced Placement Document Based Questions. This question invites students to explore U.S. Cold War foreign policy through the lens the office of the presidency, and to develop crucial critical thinking and writing skills.

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