Unit 1: Children’s Letters to President Carter

This Unit 1: Children’s Letters to President Carter unit also includes:

If young historians could ask the president to make one change, what would it be? Budding activists consider this question using letters to Jimmy Carter written during the energy crisis of the 1970s. After they examine handwritten primary sources, they consider what they expect of the current commander-in-chief. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss the role of the president using letters written to Jimmy Carter
  • Using the included primary sources as a model, have learners write the current president about a concern
Classroom Considerations
  • The classroom materials reflect Barack Obama as the current president
  • While this is listed as a unit plan, it is a 1-2 lesson activity
  • The lesson assumes learners know about the Energy Crisis and does not include background materials
  • First of the 19-part The President's Travels series
Pros
  • Original handwritten primary sources stimulate learners' interest and imagination
  • Extension activities, including writing a letter to our current president, are easy to apply to a variety of classroom settings and disciplines
Cons
  • None