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Lesson Plan: The Watergate Scandal

Details of the Lesson

This lesson is designed for high school students studying American history. It will cover the Watergate scandal, which began with the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972 and ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The lesson will be 90 minutes long and will be delivered in a classroom setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the events that led to the Watergate scandal
  • Understand the impact of the Watergate scandal on American politics
  • Can analyze primary sources related to the Watergate scandal

Methodology

The lesson will begin with a brief lecture on the events leading up to the Watergate break-in. Students will then work in pairs to analyze primary sources related to the scandal, such as transcripts of Nixon's Oval Office tapes and newspaper articles from the time. After analyzing the sources, students will participate in a class discussion about the impact of the scandal on American politics.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Primary sources related to the Watergate scandal (transcripts of Nixon's Oval Office tapes, newspaper articles, etc.)
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts with discussion questions

Activities

  1. Lecture on the events leading up to the Watergate break-in (15 minutes)
  2. Pair work analyzing primary sources (30 minutes)
  3. Class discussion on the impact of the Watergate scandal on American politics (30 minutes)
  4. Wrap-up and review (15 minutes)

Assessment

Assessment will be based on participation in the pair work and class discussion, as well as a short written reflection on the impact of the Watergate scandal on American politics.

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11 months ago
This lesson plan complies with the Common Core State Standards for History/Social Studies.

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