With a new president in the Oval Office and lots of attention on Barack Obama’s new agenda in the news, this is an opportune time to bring bits of history and social studies into your literacy block! The new White House home page is a true gem when it comes to user-friendliness and information. The White House 101 page is a particularly good resource for White House history and factoids. For example, did you know that:
- Before he became president, Lyndon Johnson was a teacher at a small school in South Texas.
- In 1915, Woodrow Wilson became the first President to attend the World Series, where he and his fiance, Edith Gault, made their first public appearance since announcing their engagement. The President insisted on paying for his own tickets.
- The Kennedy children had a pony named “Macaroni.”
When your students bring up current events in the classroom, make sure to recommend that they take a look at www.whitehouse.gov.
History, Social Studies, Current Events, Literacy, Technology and more!
Thank you White House technology staff for putting together an excellent classroom resource!
P.S. Thank you to journalist Chris Riedel and Timothy E. Wirth, Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University, for their kind words about Literacy is Priceless in their recent article, “The Evolution of Education: Empowering Learners to Think, Create, Share, and Do” in T.H.E. Journal.