Index of Inaugural Lesson Plans
The Inaugural Speech: Setting the Tone for the Administration of a President
- Read the inaugural speeches of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and compare historical context, presidential priorities, and bipartisan messages.
- The Inauguration and the Media
- Compare how different news sources cover the 2001 inauguration, write editorials, and look at international coverage of the U.S. presidency.
- Steps in Selecting a President
- How much do your students know about nomination guidelines, the electoral college, and primaries? Help them sort through the election process by conducting online research and creating flow charts.
- The Inauguration and the Constitution
- Investigate constitutional guidelines for presidential inaugurations, and explore how the inaugural ceremony incorporates the three branches of the federal government.
- George Washington: The President Without Precedent
- Through Washington's inaugural speeches and other online source material, identify important national precedents he set and learn about life in the new republic.
- Thomas Jefferson: The Revolution of 1800
- Examine how Jefferson's inauguration in 1800 tested constitutional rules for electing a president and embodied partisan politics; investigate how the election 200 years later raised similar concerns about the electoral process.
- Andrew Jackson: King Mob or Champion of American Democracy?
- Explore the inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1828 and identify the ways Jackson's election signaled important changes in the American political landscape.