President George W. Bush greets fourth graders, January 5, 2004, at Pierre Laclede Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri. (P36885-10)

Lesson Plans

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is creating Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-aligned lesson plans for teaching students how to recognize and analyze primary sources using Presidential records in the public domain related to the initiatives of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. Once the Primarily Teaching program begins, an index for all lesson plans and curriculum guides will be added. In the meantime, explore these resources.

Teaching Students to Recognize Primary & Secondary Sources 

Using a vocabulary activity, brainstorming, and “Source Scenarios,” teach students to differentiate between primary and secondary sources. Students will also consider the role primary and secondary sources and historical events play in their lives.

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Analyzing Historical Objects 

Engage students as historical detectives when they learn how to analyze the historical clues shared with them by the images and objects compiled in the Object Analysis PowerPoint. Work through National Archives’ records in a group analysis activity and ensure student understanding with one of the independent activities included. Students will complete their detective work and demonstrate understanding of historical analysis through selection of an included writing prompt. The lesson plan has been scaled for elementary and secondary levels and includes reference information for teachers as well. 

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Teaching About the Role of the First Lady - Interactive Modules 

Although formal lesson plans are not included with these Interactive Modules, assign students to research the The First Ladies and Their Roles through examination of primary sources highlighting 7 diverse domestic and global initiatives of First Lady Laura Bush. All records included in the modules are provided by the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and can be downloaded for individual use. Also, check out the “Links for Additional Information” in each module, which offer links to external sites for lesson plans or student projects.

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Analysis Methods & Worksheets 

SOAPPS-Tone is a commonly used document analysis strategy in the Advanced Placement classroom. The concept has been modified to create the ABC acronym, which is recommended for use with younger students. The STAC’D (Stacked) Method is useful for analyzing archival video and can be modified according to the students’ level.

Designed and developed by the education staff of the National Archives, these worksheets can help students understand how to analyze and evaluate the holdings of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Useful Lesson Plan Sites 

Explore the Other Educational Resources for a few useful sites that provide resources for teachers, such as assistance finding primary sources and lesson plans.

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