Mini-Lesson: Presidential Appointments

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Can the president of the United States hire anyone he or she wants for any position in the executive branch? The answer may surprise scholars! After investigating the appointment process, historians, by themselves or in pairs, analyze current events covering recent proceedings to determine how the appointment process progresses. They research the process involving both houses of Congress as well as the likelihood an appointment does not pass. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Role play the nomination and confirmation process of a presidential appointment in class 
  • Assign the list of presidential appointments for further research 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson suggests putting students in pairs
  • Part of a larger series of mini-lessons exploring the executive branch
  • Printable worksheet templates available for classroom use 
  • Lesson includes detailed plans and pacing guide for teacher use
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