Lesson Plan


This lesson covers the various roles of the president and how media portrays them. The lesson includes a game from icivics.org, a webquest, and finishes with the students taking part in a mock press conference.


  • Social Studies > General

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  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
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Civics Civic Education Media Literacy



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2011-06-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is an interactive lesson plan that provides students with the opportunities to learn about Congress through researching and debating a relevant bill. The lesson plan is detailed and includes worksheets and clear procedures. The lesson begins with a teacher-directed lecture on the structure and workings of Congress and then students begin research on a bill from the perspective of an assigned political party in preparation for a debate on the bill. Overall, the lesson is well-structured and the bill topic, cell phone usage while driving, would be engaging for the students. It should be noted that the lesson covers a lot of content, and it might be good to either lengthen the lesson to ensure more time for developing background knowledge or to provide students with more guidance and handouts through the entire process.

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