Lesson Plan

For the winning candidate, campaign promises evolve into an official presidential agenda. And despite the doubting general public, 75% of agenda goals since Woodrow Wilson have been delivered. This mini-lesson takes a look at how the presidential agenda is developed, shared, and executed.

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  • Explain the purpose of the presidential agenda
  • Describe the process of creating and modifying the agenda over time
  • Apply the concept of checks and balances to the relationship between the president and Congress as it relates to the presidential agenda
  • Analyze strategies used to create a successful agenda
  • Explain the role of the State of the Union in communicating the presidential agenda


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