» About the Film:
President George W. Bush called him "the architect" of his re-election victory and he has been the president's chief strategist from the beginning. But Karl Rove is much more than a political guru, he is the single most powerful policy advisor in the White House. FRONTLINE and The Washington Post join forces to trace the political history and modus operandi of the man who has been on the inside of every political and policy decision of the Bush administration, including the current battles on Social Security, taxes and tort reform. For Rove -- observers say -- enactment of the Bush agenda is a way to win the biggest prize of all: a permanent Republican majority.
» A Note to Teachers:
For classes in Social Studies, American Government, Current Events, Language Arts. Grade level 9th-12th
The United States electorate was sharply divided in both the 2000 and 2004 elections of President George W. Bush. After his 2004 victory, however, President Bush announced his intention to use the "political capital" he gained to push for big policy changes, including Social Security reform, tort reform, tax reform and more. This teacher's guide invites students to consider both how political decisions and strategies develop and to evaluate the various means toward political ends.
» Discussion Questions:
A list of questions for students to discuss before and immediately after viewing
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This teacher's guide was developed by Simone Bloom Nathan of Media Education Consultants. It was written by Ellen Greenblatt of University High School San Francisco. Advisers were Dr. Sharon E. Jarvis of the University of Texas at Austin and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation and Patricia Grimmer of Carbondale High School, Carbondale, Illinois.