LEARNING OBJECTIVE

Students will be able to identify the seven main jobs of the president of the United States.

KEY STANDARDS

RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RI.6-8.1, RI.6-8.2, SL.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.4

Enjoy this free article courtesy of Junior Scholastic, the Social Studies classroom magazine for grades 6–8.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

• Incorporate this article into a lesson on how the U.S. government works.

• Include this in a unit on checks and balances.

• Share this article to help explain the powers of the president in relation to world affairs.

Before Reading

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
(5 MINUTES)

Write president on the board. Then ask students to list as many responsibilities of the U.S. president as they can. After reading the article, revisit the list to see how accurate it was.

Read & Analyze

INDEPENDENT READING
(15 MINUTES)

Have students read the article on their own, writing down any comments or questions.

CLOSE-READING QUESTIONS
(10 MINUTES)

Have students write their answers to each question, or use these prompts to guide a discussion.

• SUMMARIZING: What are the president’s main jobs?
(Overseeing the federal government, keeping the economy running smoothly, representing the U.S. as head of state, leading his or her political party, maintaining the country’s global status, influencing laws, and making military decisions.)

• CLOSE READING: How are the roles of the president and Congress different in regard to war?
(Congress declares war, but the president decides where and when U.S. troops will be deployed, who will lead them, and how the U.S. will use its weapons, including bombs.)

Extend & Assess

FEATURED SKILL: READING A DIAGRAM

Reinforce students’ understanding of the three branches of government by assigning the skills sheet Reading a Diagram: Checks and Balances.

DIFFERENTIATING

Lower Level Have students work with a partner to list the president’s seven jobs along with one example of each.

Higher Level Have students write an opinion essay on which of the president’s jobs is most important. They should include evidence from the article to support their opinion.

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