Classroom Activity

THE PRESIDENTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NASA
 
U.S. History

Key Topic: The role of the presidents from 1957-1972 in the space program.

Students will interpret primary and secondary sources to evaluate the role that Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon played in the development of the space program. Students will analyze their responses in meeting challenges of the space race and their effectiveness in doing so.

Students will
  • analyze primary and secondary source documents to be used as supporting evidence;
  • incorporate outside information (information learned in the study of the course) as additional support; and
  • write a well-developed argument that answers the document-based essay question about the presidential roles in the development of the space program.


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