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Leading the nation: Unit objectives

January 9, 2001
Web posted at: 11:03 PM EST (0403 GMT)

Bush's proposed tax cuts

After completing the discussions and activities in the unit lesson, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast Democratic and Republican attitudes toward taxes.
  • Develop a compromise plan for tax cuts for Democrats and Republicans.

Transition of power

After completing the discussions and activities in the unit lesson, students will be able to:

  • Discuss events and details that occur when one administration leaves and another comes in.
  • Analyze what conditions can make some transitions smoother than others.
  • Examine the role of the president once he leaves office.
  • Appraise and evaluate what happens in the case of an unplanned transition -- i.e., if a president dies in office.

Qualities of a leader in the media age

After completing discussions and activities in the unit lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify ways in which the president can use various media to communicate his message.
  • Demonstrate ways in which the news media can create public opinion.
  • Examine news sources on a given topic relating to the president to form an opinion about the issue.
  • Analyze news sources for tone, point of view and accuracy.

The roles of the president

After completing the discussions and activities in the unit lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the job description for the U.S. presidency.
  • Compare and contrast current and past roles of the chief executive.
  • Theorize possible reasons that the role of the U.S. president has changed over the years.
  • Research various political leaders around the world to compare and contrast their roles with that of the president.
  • Predict any changes that might need to be made in the president's role in the next decades.


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