You Decide: Presidential Decisions Educator Guide

You Decide: Presidential Decisions Educator Guide

Use this educator guide to explore presidential decision-making with students in Grades 6-12.


6 - 12


Social Studies, Civics

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In You Decide: Presidential Decisions, students take on the role of president of the United States and make complex decisions based on real situations faced by President Gerald R. Ford during his 1974-1977 presidency: the signing of the Helsinki Accords, the condemnation of South African apartheid, and Operation Babylift.

Use this educator guide to engage students in Grades 6-12 with the interactive both in and out of the classroom. The guide includes information about the role of the facilitator, as well as game play setup for independent play, small group play, and whole class play. Activity ideas and discussion questions are organized into before, during, and after play.

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Angela M. Cowan, Education Specialist and Curriculum Designer
Keven Ramirez, Divertido Design
Christina Riska Simmons
Bob Connelly
Educator Reviewer
Benjamin VanVleet, K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA
Expert Reviewers
James Draper, Registrar, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Donald Holloway, Curator, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Clare Shubert, Director of Engagement and Programming, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Last Updated

January 2, 2024

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Related Resources

Ford Foundation
National Geographic Channel