It's Never Been Easy


Since the beginning of our existence as a country, each of our Presidents has faced a number of issues and conflicts during their tenure (terms of office). We are going to examine some of the bigger issues as well as look at how they relate to the U.S. today. You will start by researching the issues/conflicts. Work with a group to take notes and chart reasons (pro and con) on a wiki page, create a Glogster that summarizes the issues/conflicts, and individually write a persuasive essay explaining why what the President did was the right course of action or not. Notes, glog, and essays will all be posted on a single wiki page.

As you will see, I have given you topics reflecting issues that have occurred over time.


  • Groups will consists of 4 people in a group
  • Remember who you work well with and not so well with
  • This is a group project along with Individual grade, Mr. B. will explain further in person, but individuals will be graded for their own notes, interview t-chart, and persuasive essay. Groups will be graded on their glog and the overall appearance/completeness of their wiki page
  • Mr. B. will give each team leader, selected by group, the password.

Issues & Conflicts

I) George Washington: Political Parties & Foreign Affairs:
  • What did Washington suggest about these 2 issues? His comments should be noted:
    • Create a team wiki page for your notes
    • Research each issue, using at least 3 resources - document your resources at the bottom of your wiki page
    • Discuss your notes on these 2 topics with your partners - edit notes as necessary
    • As a group create a T-Chart that shows the Pros & Cons for having political parties - post the T-Chart as a table on your wiki that looks like this:
  • add your pros on this side
  • add your cons on this side
    • As a group create a second T-Chart that shows the Pros & Cons of having foreign allies, treaties with each other
    • To assist with thought, interview another adult and show their responses on paper T-Chart. As a group, add/edit your existing t-charts to include ideas gathered from the other adults.
  • Summarize both views – Compare and contrast answers.

II) John Adams: Aliens-Sedition Act:
  • Provision of Alien-Sedition Act
    • Why did they feel this was necessary?
  • Conflict – How did issue relate to Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • Given an example of Alien-Sedition Act, how is this connected with today’s society and current issues today?
  • Explain correlation of Past- Present with 2 issues.
  • Create a T-Chart giving the Pros and Con of the Alien-Sedition Act, and respective approach of handling the situation**

III) Thomas Jefferson: Louisiana Territory/Purchase
  • Why did Jefferson purchase the territory?
  • How did he justify the purchase?
  • Why might others argue he should not have purchased the territory?
  • Organize your thinking using a T chart for the pros and cons of purchasing the territory.
  • Find a current day issue or event that deals with strict vs. loose interpretation of the Constitution in our society.
  • Please report and give explanation: Hint, interview an adult and get their perspective.
  • How would the U.S. be different if Jefferson had followed a strict constructionist view?

IV) James Madison:

V) James Monroe: Monroe Doctrine
  • Explain Monroe Doctrine – Mr. B
  • Using information and criteria of Monroe Doctrine please identify how that could be used in our society today around the world.
  • What growing power might want to protect its interests in its geographic area?
  • Give illustration of where and when this has taken place in the past 50 years that involves U.S.A

Research Notes Requirements: Individual

  • 3 number of resources, Textbook,wikipedia and your choice for material
  • Bullet style notes (obviously in your own words or quoted and
  • Posted on wiki page on time

Wiki Page Requirements: Group

  • Answer each the questions that I want answered, double check - Check and balance,was everything answered?
  • Title
  • Glog
  • Persuasive Essays
  • Notes
  • Resources

Glog Requirements: Group

  • Photo of President
  • Years they served, along with Political party associated with
  • Summary of Conflict during their Presidency (in your own words of course)
  • Create T-Chart showing Pros and Cons of each topic under each President.

Persuasive Essay Requirements: Individual

  • Each person will be responsible to write a Persuasive Paper.
  • You will pick 1(one) topic that has been mentioned above
  • You will either talk about the Pros or Cons about your topic
  • Reminder,Persuasive, present one side of the issue, stay on topic.
  • This paper, one page in length, no more, typed
  • This will be posted to the Wiki, so other could respond to your paper.

Here's an older rubric you might borrow from: