The White House
Credit: Courtesy of American Memory
Ask students where the President lives. Ask where the President does most of his work. Working at home is quite common now, but Presidents have worked and lived in the White House since November 1, 1800 (see the EDSITEment resource American Memory), when John and Abigail Adams moved in. Ask students to think for a moment about what happens at the White House.
What functions does our presidential residence serve?
Show the class some or all of the following images from the modern presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Compile a list of what happens at the White House and, if desired, where it happens. (NOTE: All images are available through the online Archival Research Center [ARC] of the EDSITEment reviewed website Digital Classroom.)
Engage the class in a discussion about the images. The President (and family) lives and works in the White House. Which images show "living"?
A combination of the two?
Help students understand the nature of a ceremonial event.
Which images show ceremonial events? Which show work in session?
What kind of "house" is required to facilitate everything a President must do?
The President's office is the Oval Office. In the activity above, students may have viewed a photo of the Oval Office during the Carter Administration. If desired, students can explore the interactive activity Design the Oval Office for Yourself on National Geographic's Inside the White House, a link from the EDSITEment resource Explore DC.
1 class periods