Evaluate Theodore Roosevelt's legacy in foreign affairs with this lesson plan associated with Ken Burns' The Roosevelts. Students will analyze the U.S. Constitution as it pertains to the powers of the president to formulate and implement foreign policy, and debate Theodore Roosevelt's legacy using primary and secondary sources, including the video clips from The Roosevelts.
In this lesson, students analyze the impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Eleanor Roosevelt's influence on it through the video clips from The Roosevelts below, and other online resources. They then develop technology-rich persuasive presentations in an effort to create a "Universal Declaration of Student Human Rights."
Examine the powers of the Executive Branch in this lesson plan associated with Ken Burns' The Roosevelts. First, students read Article II of the Constitution and learn how past presidents exercised this power in practice. Then, students view the video clips below to examine how Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt carried out their executive duties during their respective terms in office. In the final activity, students produce a documentary examining one of the Roosevelt president's execution of power during a crucial time in history. See "Activity" below for the lesson plan.