We made a chart about all of the things that presidents do as we read the book. This was great to give kids some background knowledge that they could use when writing. Second graders don't come in with many concrete examples of different responsibilities that presidents have or things they do regularly.
Then, we brainstormed what they would do if they got to be president. Some students used ideas from the chart we made and others thought of their own ideas. Check out a few examples of their writing below. I adapted a great freebie from Primary Practice to accomodate my students. They needed more room to write.
|She is thinking about all the people affected by Hurricane Sandy.|
|If I were president, I would abandon cigarettes and plant apple trees and take care of the world. And, take care of people and take people places they can't get to. I will play with people that don't get played with. (How sweet is this?)|
|This one makes me laugh...because I want more people!|
I displayed these in the hall above their lockers with a sign that says, "If I were president..." They love seeing their work on display. I usually tell them when a project is going to be put in the hall or hung in the classroom because it gives those few kids that need a little push a reason to work hard and makes everyone pay a little closer attention to their writing. :)
One more thing...after the actual election happened and Obama won, we wrote congratulations letters to him so we could get mail back from the White House. We had a nice discussion about what it means to be a good sport so even those people that voted for Romney can still say congratulations to the winner because that's being a good sport. Regardless of our actual adult political opinions, this is a good lesson for kids to learn.
This picture is just a rough draft but I wanted to share it with you. It was so funny. He asked the president, "Are you rich?" :)
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