The Presidency: Old and New
Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 21, 2009
What was the shortest inaugural address ever given? What was the first inauguration ceremony to be photographed? Who was the first president to be inaugurated at the Capitol?
The answers to these questions, and hundreds of little-known, but compelling, facts can be found at Pearson School, Pearson Social Studies' guide to all things presidential. This comprehensive and engaging site provides an in-depth look at the people, places, and events that comprise the nation's presidential history, from George Washington up to the historic inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20th.
Educators can use this wealth of information to build lesson plans for their students, choosing from a variety of areas of topics. The site's "Inaugural Factfile" focuses on media coverage, famous addresses, inaugural trivia, and life after the presidency, and includes the collected inaugural addresses of every U.S. president.
"The Presidency: Old and New" includes biographies of presidents, vice presidents, cabinet members, First Families, and more. An "Elections" section spotlights campaigns, voter participation facts from 1930 to the present, and residency requirements for voting.
Other sections include a look at "Campaign 2008," and "Fun Stuff," including a slide show of notable First Kids and First Pets, the presidency on film, quizzes, crosswords, and more.
"Close to two million people are expected to attend the Obama inauguration, but most of us won't be able to get there, so we thought we'd invite educators to let us help them commemorate the day," said Michael Gee, Pearson Social Studies vice president. "Our site presents an enormous amount of visually stimulating, interactive information that will stay relevant to classrooms long after Mr. Obama is sworn into office."
(The answers to the questions in the opening paragraph: George Washington, James Buchanan, Thomas Jefferson).
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