Teacher: Jamy Essary
Title: Andrew Jackson Subject: Social Studies
Topic: The Election of Andrew Jackson Grade: Fifth Grade
Lesson Duration: One 55min. period School: Biggersville Elementary
Education Designs Lesson/ Unit Plan
Lesson Summary: The election of Andrew Jackson was unusual in American history because of
(A short 3-5 sentence Jackson’s commoner background. His history as a war hero and his stance as the
summary of the lesson candidate for the common man made him a new type of American President. His
and how it will be election marks a point when truly anyone could become President of the United
National Standards Era 4, Standard 3
for History Era: Link
Standard(s): 4b. Identify people, places, documents, and events that led to the
State, Local or National establishment of a democratic system (e.g., the Founding Fathers,
Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution,
Bill of Rights, etc.).
Themes/Concept: The educational, military, and political background of Andrew Jackson
made his election to the United States Presidency unusual. He was the
first President to take a stand for the common people. His background
played a large role in his election as President.
Essential questions What was Andrew Jackson’s educational background?
(2-5 questions) What was his military background?
(What you want the How was his background different from his predecessors?
students to know) What class of people was Jackson trying to represent?
How did his background help him win the Presidential election?
Elements (What you The election of Andrew Jackson was unusual in American history because of
want the students to Jackson’s commoner background. His history as a war hero and his stance as the
understand) candidate for the common man made him a new type of American President. His
election marks a point when truly anyone could become President of the United
Launch Activity Put up a picture of Andrew Jackson and create a web of facts studied
(Hook) about Andrew Jackson. Discuss web as a class.
Knowledge & Skills People: Vocabulary: Skills:
Andrew Jackson “Old Hickory” Cause/Effect
(People, Places, times Drawing Conclusions
the student should be Places:
able to do. What skills Battle of New
will they use?) Orleans
Lesson Methodology (How will you conduct the lesson; activities…?)
Create a class web of facts and background known about Andrew Jackson.
Discuss the class web.
Compare and contrast facts about Andrew Jackson with facts known about previous United
States Presidents using a T-chart.
Discuss how Jackson’s background is different from these previous Presidents.
Have students write a journal entry about how his background made Andrew Jackson unusual as
a Presidential candidate and why this helped him win the Presidential election.
Share these journal entries with the class and discuss.
Assessment Evidence: What evidence will show that students met the learning goal?
Traditional Assessment (Quizzes, Test, Selected Responses)
Students will answer oral questions about the background of Andrew Jackson.
Authentic Assessment (Performance Tasks, Rubrics, Projects, Dialogues, Portfolio, etc.,)
Students will write and share a journal entry about the significance of Andrew Jackson’s unique
background to his Presidential win.
Students will discuss the shared journal entries as a class.
Differentiation Associated with this unit
Provide pre-made webs and T-charts, Highlight needed information, pair students with a peer.
Resources and instructional tools: (Including Video Sources, Text Resources, Research Strategy)
Picture of Andrew Jackson