Allow this sweeping music to transport you into a scene that has yet to be written. Sketch the scene quickly as you listen. Then write, using all the visual imagery you can muster.
WhAt's In a Name?
At various times in history, the White House has been known by different names. Read about The White House Building, and find out more.
Flip This House
By the time Missouri's Harry S Truman was elected president, the White House was falling apart. The building was getting old and desperately needed maintenance and updating. When the piano leg fell through the floor, President Truman made a difficult decision: gut the whole place and start over.
Imagine you are John Adams, the second president, getting your first look at your new house. It wasn't the most glamorous of lives at the time. In fact, Mr. and Mrs. Adams hated the place.
The White House has been expanded since the Adamses first moved in. Use the image below to explore the White House and get your bearings. After you have had some time, we'll test your memory.
During the War of 1812, the British enacted some revenge on the patriots for winning the Revolutionary War. Strangely, most people know little about the War of 1812, even though the British burned the White House.
Letters to the President
What can you say to the president? Let's write informal, respectful letters, telling the current president about our class and school. We will begin by brainstorming.
Make sure you follow conventional letter writing and standards and address your envelope correctly, explained in the video (right).
Go back and edit your letter for misspellings and punctuation mistakes before rewriting a final copy.