The First 100 Days

Lesson Plan

Even presidents have to worry about making the grade! Discover the history behind the “First 100 Days” and its impact on the American presidency with this new lesson plan that includes extension ideas and media literacy moments. Students will evaluate the fairness of judging presidents based on this somewhat arbitrary time period.


  • Explain the origin of the concept of the president’s first 100 days
  • Identify and explain what may impact the success of the president’s first 100 days
  • Analyze presidential quotations to determine attitude towards the expectations of the first 100 days
  • Define the term “mandate” as it applies to presidential terms