Divide the class into groups of four students each. Each student will assume one of the following roles:
- Art Director
Using the websites listed below, the First Ladies Library Timeline, and any written materials that are available, students should explore the homes and memorials dedicated to Ohio Presidents. Each group should select one Presidential home or memorial to be
the subject of a brochure describing the site and its attractions. The work of designing and producing the brochure should be divided in the following way:
The Geographer is responsible for at least one map, showing the location of the home or memorial; other maps may be drawn as needed.
Each group should be encouraged to develop their brochure in any way they see fit. When all brochures are completed, time should be provided for sharing their work, and the class as a whole can (if desired) select the “best” brochure. Or, a variety of “bests” can be voted on by the class, e.g., “best colors,” “best timeline,” “best layout,” etc.
- The Historian is responsible for creating a timeline for the brochure, showing the purchase, development, and current status of the home or memorial.
- The Journalist is responsible for writing the copy for the brochure, describing the home or memorial and its important features.
- The Art Director is responsible for selecting the colors, placement of maps and illustrations, and overall layout of the copy used in the brochure.
Ferris, Gary W. Presidential Places: A Guide to the Historic Sites of U.S. Presidents. John F. Blair Publisher, 1999.
Hyland, Pat. Presidential Libraries and Museums: An Illustrated Guide. Congressional Quarterly Books, 1995.
Lawnfield: James A. Garfield Historic Site
National Park Service: Lawnfield
R. B. Hayes Presidential Center
The Ohio Presidential Circuit
Ohio Presidential Homes
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.