You are the Historian

The year is 2010 and you have been asked by the President of the United States – Barak Obama -  to join a panel of other historians to rank those five men who were President between 1976-2008: Jimmy Carter (1976-1980), Ronald Reagan (1980-1988), George H.W. Bush (1988-1992), Bill Clinton (1992-2000), and George W. Bush (2000-2008).

President Obama has provided five qualities of presidential leadership that will help you determine the appropriate ranking of these five presidents:

Step #1:  Your job as an historian is work together with the other historians in your grou (for a total of five historians in each group) and to complete the following in Assignment #1:

Step #2: Your job as an historian is to work on your own to research one of the five presidential qualities tfor all five presidents. For instance, one of you might pick economic management as a quality of presidential leadership.  You would then find out how all five presidents did in terms of their economic management. To do so, you will complete the following in Assignment #2:

Step #3:  Your job as an historian is to again work together with your five colleagues to compare and contrast your answers and collectively complete the following in Assignment #3:

  1. Each historian must explain his/her ranking.
  2. Each group must discuss the rankings and make any revisions necessary to keep all the historians in your group happy.
  3. Each group of historical scholars must create a ranking of the five presidents based upon the scores of all five members of the group. 
  4. Each group must select a spokesperson to present and defend their ranking to the class.

“You are the Historian” Teacher Instructions:


Assignment #1
Six Qualities of Presidential Leadership
(to be completed in your groups)

Directions: As a group of great 20th Century historians, your first job is to define each of the following five qualities of Presidential Leadership. To that end, complete Part I and Part II below.

Part I: In your own words and working as a team, define each quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part II: Each of you must pick one of the presidential qualities to research for each of the five presidents. Add your names to the list below.


Assignment #2
Assessment of Presidential Leadership Quality
(to be completed individually

Historian’s Name: ________________________________________________

Directions: As one of the most important presidential scholars in the country, you have been asked to rate one of five presidential leadership qualities in our last five presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. To complete this task, please complete the following three parts.

Part I – Describe and Defend the Presidential Leadership QualityAs a historian, you must take two steps to explain your research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2: Rank each of the presidents. Using a scale of 1 (did not meet this quality) to 5 (met with quality with exceptional skill), rank each of the five presidents on how well they met the presidential leadership quality that you examined.

_____  President Carter

_____  President Reagan

_____  President George H.W. Bush

_____  President Clinton

_____ President George W. Bush

 

Part 3:  BibliographyProvide a bibliography of all resources you consulted to complete your review of presidential leadership qualities.

 

 

 

 


Assignment #3
Final Group Ranking of the Presidents
(to be completed in your group)

Direction: Complete the following three parts below.

Part I: Each person in the grouip will explain your ranking.

Part II: Conduct a group discussion about the rankings and make any revisions necessary to keep all the historians in your group happy.

Part III: Create a final ranking of the five presidents based upon the scores of all five members of your group (See attachment)