The Roosevelts: An Intimate History—Snapshot Lessons

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The Roosevelt family was one of the most influential and prominent political forces in the 20th century, leaving behind a wide-ranging legacy of conservation, progressivism, and economic growth. Learn more about President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt with nine separate research and writing projects.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in an American history class when focusing on the first half of the 20th century, including the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, and World Wars I and II
  • Allow learners to choose one of the nine activities as a final project in a social studies unit
  • Intersperse the assignments in a longer class screening of the documentary
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed to accompany Ken Burns' documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, but lessons can stand alone with independent research as well
  • Focuses on Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt
Pros

  • Each activity promotes critical thinking, peer discussion, and research skills
  • Compares politics from over a century ago to current policies and political trends
Cons

  • None