Arts & Humanities|
Brief DescriptionStudents read and reflect on the letters of Harry Truman, the 33rd president of the United States. What do those letters reveal about the man and the times in which he lived? What do the letters you write today reveal about you?
Keywordspresident, Truman, letter, writing, character, ethics
Materials Needed[shopmaterials]All materials, including copies of the Truman letters, can be downloaded from the site referenced below.
Harry Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, served from 1945-53. In this lesson, students reflect on what Harry Trumans letters reveal about the man and the times in which he lived. Students then write a series of letters of their own and reflect upon what those letters might reveal if found 25 years in the future.
For the complete lesson, go to the lesson plan The Lost Art of Letter Writing, at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum Web site.
This lesson plan includes a rubric for rating student performance.Lesson Plan Source
Gary HopkinsNational Standards
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
NSS-C.5-8.1 Civic Life, Politics, and Government
NSS-C.5-8.2 Foundations of the American Political System
NSS-C.5-8.3 Principles of Democracy
NSS-C.5-8.4 Other Nations and World Affairs
NSS-C.5-8.5 Roles of the Citizen
NSS-C.9-12.1 Civic Life, Politics, and Government
NSS-C.9-12.2 Foundations of the Political System
NSS-C.9-12.3 Principles of Democracy
NSS-C.9-12.4 Other Nations and World Affairs
NSS-C.9-12.5 Roles of the Citizen
NSS-USH.5-12.8 Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
NSS-USH.5-12.9 Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
NSS-WH.5-12.8 The 20th Century
See more language arts lessons from Education World.
Return to the letter-writing lesson plan page.
Originally published 09/27/2002
Last updated 05/28/2007