Bringing the White House to your Literacy Classroom

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

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.

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2 Responses to “Bringing the White House to your Literacy Classroom”

  1. 1 Neal February 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Apropos of this post I thought your readers might be interested in Tikatok’s writing contest for teachers: students are invited to write a book using Tikatok’s free online tools in which they give their valuable advice to the new president. The winning classroom will receive free copies of their books AND a copy of each will be delivered to the White House.

  1. 1 Emily Turner’s Digital Teaching Portfolio » Blog Archive » My RSS World Trackback on April 15, 2009 at 4:41 am

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