Caissons, Anchors, and Semper Fi: The Roles of the United States Military
Rosalynn Carter: First Ladies' Lives
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: Two or more class periods
The military has been a large part of the adult lives of many of our presidents and their wives, such as the Jacksons', the Grants', the Taylors', the Eisenhowers', and the Carters'. Today, the roles of the military and the specific responsibilities of its various branches have changed since the early years of our republic.
1. Divide the class into five groups, one for each branch of the military, by whatever means are normally utilized. It is possible that students may enjoy selecting their groups for this activity based on their interest in a particular branch; however, the groups should be nearly equal in size. Assign one of the following branches to each group:
3. Student groups will share their findings and then discuss the comparisons and contrasts both between the original purposes and present-day uses of each branch of the military.