1. Engage students in a discussion about the meaning of the term, "impeachment." Clear up any misunderstandings about the concept.
2. Divide the class into three groups, assigning each group the study of one of the nation's impeachment cases:
- Andrew Johnson
- Richard Nixon
- William Clinton
3. Ask each group to compile a "brief" on its case, including (but not limited to) the following elements:
- Background of the case
- Societal factors at work in the case
- Important "actors" in the case: names and descriptions of roles
- Popular conceptions of the case
- Political dimensions of the case
- Resolution of the case
4. When the research is complete, each group should present its "brief" to the rest of the class, including its conclusions about whether or not impreachment proceedings had been justified.
5. After all "briefs" have been presented, the whole class should vote on whether each case was justified, and, if not, why not.
The Case of Andrew Johnson
The Case of Richard Nixon
The Case of William Clinton
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.