|Divide the class up into SIX groups [one each, pro and con, for
each of the three impeachment articles]. You could add more
impeachment articles, if you wish, and that would require the creation
of two additional groups per added article. However, this would
extend the project further. It's up to you.
One problem that might occur may come from the students
assigned to the group defending Jackson's Indian policy. They
may feel uncomfortable in doing so. Therefore, I tell all
students that they must step out of their 21c mind-set and moral code
and put themselves in the shoes of a 19c antebellum politician.
That gives them all intellectual/moral "cover."
If you teach in a block schedule, then the entire "trial" could take
one block; otherwise, it should take two, 40-45 minute class
periods. The teacher will act as the Speaker of the House to
facilitate the proceedings.
All worksheets necessary are included in .pdf file format
["Discussion Sheets" and the "Evaluation Sheet"]. I expect all
students to print out these sheets either in school or at home and
have them in class when the "trial" begins. Five points will be
deducted from their total final grade if these sheets are not brought
to class. This is an on-going caveat that I give my students on
any assignments that require them to print material from my web site.
I hope to instill in them a sense of personal responsibility and
Teachers are free
to use this impeachment trial model for other presidents.
Besides the usual "suspects" [like Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and
Bill Clinton], John Adams, James K. Polk, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald
Reagan, and the current president, George W. Bush are all possible