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Inauguration Interview



  • Language Arts


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students develop questions that a reporter might ask during an interview with the new president.


Students define the words reporter and interview. Students use critical-thinking skills to develop questions that a reporter might ask when interviewing the new president.


inauguration, president, interview, questions, reporter

Materials Needed

paper, pens or pencils, chalk and chalkboard or chart paper and markers

Lesson Plan

  • Begin the lesson by asking students what a reporter does. Ask students to name different types of reporters, such as newspaper reporters, television reporters, magazine reporters, or online reporters.
  • Discuss the meaning of the word interview. Say to students: "Imagine you are a reporter who has been invited to the White House to interview the new president. List five questions you would ask him."
  • Have the students work individually to write their questions. When everyone has finished, solicit students' responses and write them on the board or on chart paper.

Variation for younger students: Work together as a class to develop the five questions.

Extension: Ask the class to choose five of the questions on the board or chart paper. Send the questions to the White House. Go to the Contact section of the White House Web site for instructions on how to write to the president of the United States.


Evaluate students' questions.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Originally published 01/15/2001
Last updated 1/19/2017