*Red States/Blue States helps students develop an understanding of the presidential election. Included in this lesson is the Electoral College and voting patterns in recent national elections.
*A President’s Day leads to the development of a “Help Wanted” advertisement for presidential candidates for 2020. Students work collaboratively to develop ideas around the professional skills needed to be an outstanding President. They compare Presidents’ Daily Agendas. An understanding of the job as delineated by our Constitution increases their knowledge. All of this is synthesized into their advertisements while helping develop their assessment skills of the professional qualifications of presidential candidates.
*Federal Budget Simulation is a four- lesson unit that begins in the classroom and continues at the museum or at your school. Students learn how the federal budget is developed, including revenue and expenses. They learn the difference between mandated and discretionary spending. Then, working collaboratively in small groups, students discuss their budget priorities and reorganize the thirteen discretionary accounts. Coming back together in a large group, they discuss and defend their choices.
Art Curator Class: Art students visit the museum to develop an understanding of President Kennedy’s legacy. Using Museum pieces for inspiration, they return to their classes and develop their own artwork. Together they curate an art show, including: their art pieces, a written description of the historical and current significance, a press release, an invitation, and a reception. This class is developed and facilitated by Mr. Carl Lopes, Education Committee Member and Department Head, retired, Barnstable High School Visual Arts.
*These lessons were developed with the support of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.