For Homelink Students it is all Presidential
After many contentious months of presidential campaigning it was a refreshing look at polite politics as students in the District’s HomeLink Program hosted a showcase on United States Presidents.
From James Polk, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama, to name a few, it was all presidential for HomeLink students during the research project.
Earlier this fall as a prelude to the showcase, students researched the thus far 44 presidents who are bonded with United States History. With a current election process happening simultaneously, HomeLink Facilitators, Stacey de Wet and Ryanne Mills wanted students to learn about the nation’s past presidents and the voting process before they selected the individual that would serve as the subject of their research. As part of this, students studied past candidates and their platforms and analyzed whether their views and communication on key issues, as well as their presidential campaign strategies, helped them be elected to the White House.
Using the knowledge from their research, students then selected the president they wanted to further study and present during the program’s annual showcase of projects. Once their choice was made students used books, the internet, and other resources to create a synopsis of facts and a timeline of important dates regarding their president and used the information to then write a research paper. Additionally, students created presentation boards highlighting their selected president which included historical text, photos, and other interesting facts. Also, students used their information to prepare a speech that they presented during the showcase. On the day of the program’s showcase students were encouraged to dress as their president would during the time period in which he served and present themselves as if it was their inauguration.
According to de Wet, the project was an opportunity for students to integrate past history with that of a current event to complement their learning.
“Because of the current events of this past fall, it was a relevant opportunity for students to study past presidents and the election process,” said de Wet. “Students had the opportunity to integrate history and connect it with the current election we experienced in November. Through their work, students learned about presidential campaigns and the election process and how that correlates with the selection of an American president.”