Presidential Decisions - President Madison and the War of 1812
In this presidential decision making activity, students take on the role as President Madison and his advisors to come to a decisions to 'solve' and come to a decision on how to handle the rising tensions with Britain and France.
SITUATION: For years the British and French have both seizing our ships and insulting our nation. The British also have been inciting Native American tribes to assault our citizens on the frontier and have been impressing - or kidnapping- thousands of our citizens into their navy. Treaties and embargoes from previous Presidents have failed to produce results. How will you respond, Mr. President?
First, you review a timeline of important events that led to the crisis to help students understand factors leading to this issue. Then there is a 'context' overview slide that breaks down the crisis into a very understandable language.Then, students read the 'Presidential Briefing' and complete the 'Presidential Decisions' worksheet in this very engaging, student centered lesson.
The worksheet has students consider important questions a president must consider before coming to a decision- what do we know about this issue, what limitations do I have, what does the Constitution allow me to do, what do I wish the result to be, what could go wrong, how do the American people feel on this issue, and several more.We need problem-solving history activities where students have to think critically and creatively, and this does that in an engaging way!
Then, students write a short speech announcing their decision and this could be read to the class so students learn how each group approached the crisis. Lastly, you review what the president actually did to handle this situation- which is explained on the slideshow. There is a sheet to record what actually happen and reflect on how well they did in the activity. Trust me, students will be so much more interested in what actually happened, ask questions about it, and think critically about a historical event they might otherwise have not cared a lick about! So get your students in the drive seat in history and engage them in some seriously exciting history!
This has everything you need to complete the activity- no outside resources are needed! And there are links to the Google slides version so you can edit anything you want! Its definitely the most engaging lesson for President Madison that I use with my students. While these are fun history activities, they are still rigorous!👊
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