Mini-Lesson: Presidential Succession

This Mini-Lesson: Presidential Succession lesson plan also includes:

Who is in line for the presidency? Learners research the line of succession in the executive branch. They analyze the role the cabinet plays in a situation where the president and vice president are not able to serve. Along the way, political satire and humor offer an engaging way to learn as part of the series of mini-lessons exploring the Executive Branch.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign short reading on the use of political satire with the presidency 
  • Preview/review the lesson with a Saturday Night Live skit on the 2016 election as an example of satire
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure students have online access if assigning the lesson as homework 
  • Teacher resource answer key includes possible responses to questions 
  • Differentiated instruction provides an opportunity to work in pairs
  • None