What if Past Presidents Had Social Media?

In this lesson, students analyze the effects of social media on presidential politics and the influence it could have had during past American presidencies.

On April 26, 2013, the White House joined millions of Americans and created a Tumblr page. President Barack Obama was the first President of the United States to have Twitter and Instagram accounts while in office. President Obama is known as the first social media president. In this lesson, students use the words, actions, and policies of past presidents to interpret how social media could have been used during those presidencies.


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Lesson Plan

1. Each student should be assigned a US President (if the class is studying a specific time period, students can be assigned presidents from that time period).

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Lesson tags: Eighth, History, Ninth, Seventh, Social Networking, Social Studies, Tenth


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