1. Introduce students to the activity by asking them if they have a front porch (or back porch) and how they utilize it.
2. Explain that President Harding used his front porch as a campaign platform during his election. Have a discussion to compare and contrast the difference between the front porch campaign and modern campaigns. Explain to students how the First Lady plays an integral role in the campaign during an election.
3. Ask students to either draw (using utensils or computer program) their front porch or design one within groups or individually, and decorate it as they think Mr. and Mrs. Harding might have for the front porch campaign.
- Take a field trip to the Harding House and experience the Front Porch Campaign first hand:
- Brief biography of President Harding:
- Pictures of the Harding home and campaign porch:
This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University