Lesson 1: What Is the Purpose of the White House?

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.

Guiding Questions

What functions does our presidential residence serve?

Learning Objectives

List activities that take place at the White House.