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VOTE! White House History Lesson Plan

Whitehouse Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out
Inspired by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
Introduction by David McCullough
Candlewick Press

Today is the big day folks.  Since you’re in such a voting mood I thought you deserved an extra post.  If you’re not in a voting mood yet, a copy of Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out will do the trick.

Candlewick describes the book as, “Conceived and co-created by the National Children's Book and Literary Alliance, this incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry melds with an equally stunning array of original art to offer a multifaceted look at America's history through the prism of the White House.”

I would describe the book as an incredible resource.  With an intro by David McCulough, and beginning with a copy of the call for architectural plans for the White House, readers will know they’re in for a treat.  With over 108 authors and illustrators contributing, this book has something for everyone.  White House Colonial Kitchen Gardens, Mary Todd Lincoln Speaks of Her Son’s Death, 1862 and Backstairs at the White House are just a few of the offerings.  I know I'm going to find many uses for this book in the classroom.

Activity:  After showing students the various illustrations of the White House, have them draw their own version.  Find a prominent place to display them, like the hall by the office, or even in your local bookstore or library.

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