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What does the President of the United States do?

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Author:Rhonda Rush
System: Homewood City
School: Homewood High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 29858


What does the President of the United States do?


Students will create a wiki page that reflects the President of the United States fulfilling five of his formal or informal roles.  Students will use the Internet to visit the White House Photo Gallery and capture shapshots of the President of the United States fulfilling his roles.  Students will create a Wiki page on which they display pictures of the President fulfilling his roles and identify the role being fulfilled.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
SS2010 (7) Civics
2. Explain essential characteristics of the political system of the United States, including the organization and function of political parties and the process of selecting political leaders.
  • Describing the influence of John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Paine, Niccolò Machiavelli, Charles de Montesquieu, and François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) on the political system of the United States
  • SS2010 (7) Civics
    10. Describe individual and civic responsibilities of citizens of the United States.
    Examples: individual—respect for rights of others, self-discipline, negotiation, compromise, fiscal responsibility
    civic—respect for law, patriotism, participation in political process, fiscal responsibility
  • Differentiating rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities between citizens and noncitizens
  • Explaining how United States' citizenship is acquired by immigrants
  • Explaining character traits that are beneficial to individuals and society
  • Examples: honesty, courage, compassion, civility, loyalty
    SS2010 (12) United States Government
    12. Evaluate constitutional provisions of the executive branch of the government of the United States, including checks by the executive branch on other branches of government and powers, duties as head of state and head of government, the electoral process, and the Twenty-fifth Amendment.
  • Critiquing informal powers of the President of the United States, including press conferences, State of the Union addresses, total media access, head of party, and symbolic powers of the Oval Office
  • Identifying the influence of White House staff on the President of the United States
  • Ranking powers held by the President's Cabinet, including roles of Cabinet secretaries, appropriations by Congress, appointment and confirmation, and operation of organization
  • Comparing diverse backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and levels of education of United States' presidents
  • Local/National Standards:

    National Council on Social Studies

    NCSS - C.9-12.3 Principles of Democracy - How Does the Government Established by the Constiuttion Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?

    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will recognize examples of the President of the United States fulfilling his formal and informal roles.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

    Students will observe a typical week in the life of the President of the United States.

    Students will connect roles of the President to current events that occurred in the week prior to the completion of this assignment.

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    31 to 60 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Copies of attached rubric needed for evaluation.

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Students will need computers with Internet access.  Individual computers are optimal but the activity may be completed in cooperative learning groups if computer access is limited.


    Students need to have  studied the formal and informal roles of the President of the United States.


    Students will access the following website:

    and look for examples of the President of the United States fulfilling his formal and informal roles.  Students will capture the pictures and write a caption identifying the role the President is fulfilling, whether or not it is a formal or informal role and explain how the role is being fulfilled.

    Students will post their results using, or similar venue.

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    Assessment Strategies

    Use the rubric to evaluate the wiki produced. (attached)


    Students who have successfully completed this lesson may add elements to their wiki including film clips of the President fulfilling his roles and pictures or film clips of the President fulfilling additional formal or informal roles.


    Students who are less able to read and comprehend content may need to have a lesser requirement of 3 or 4 examples of roles being fulfilled by the President.

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.