for teachers

We’re quite excited (and interested) in your use of Of Great and Mortal Men in your classroom. To that end, we are in the process of preparing various curricula, most immediately questions that could be used to generate classroom discussion and/or writing assignments. This would be particularly useful in high school and/or college English courses and, perhaps, as an interesting aside in a high school or college history classroom.

Please let us know if we can help in any way.  Note that qualified teachers and school administrators can order Of Great and Mortal Men at a greatly reduced educational rate.  E-mail Mark Latta at for more information.

Reading/Listening/Discussion Questions are below (appearing as they are written).  (If you have some suggestions or ideas that have  worked in your classrooms, please pass them along to Christian Kiefer at and/or to Mark Latta at  Thanks!)  Linked texts below lead to pdfs.  If there’s no link, there’s no available curriculum (yet!).

1. George Washington, 1789-1797
2. John Adams, 1797-1801
3. Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809
4. James Madison, 1809-1817
5. James Monroe, 1817-1825
6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837
8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841
9. William Henry Harrison, 1841
10. John Tyler, 1841-1845
11. James Knox Polk, 1845-1849
12. Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
13. Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
14. Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
15. James Buchanan, 1857-1861
16. Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865
17. Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
18. Ulysses Simpson Grant, 1869-1877
19. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881
20. James Abram Garfield, 1881
21. Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885
22. Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889
23. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
24. Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897
25. William McKinley, 1897-1901
26. Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
27. William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
28. Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921
29. Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923
30. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
31. Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933
32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
33. Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
34. Dwight David Eisenhower 1953-1961
35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963
36. Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969
37. Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974
38. Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977
39. James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
40. Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989
41. George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993
42. William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001
43. George Walker Bush, 2001-2008

Published on May 18, 2008 at 10:45 pm  Comments (2)  

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I heard your piece on NPR yesterday and am excited about your material. I teach a Humanities course that combines AP US History and AP Language and Comp and these songs meet so many of my needs and give the students another way to remember the presidents. I downloaded the album from Amazon, but am interested in getting the artwork. Any thoughts?

  2. nice. i’m a five-year fawmer and a high school teacher in a place that got a lot of press from the presidential election this year. talkin’ little diomede island. although i’m not the main social studies teacher (we have two teachers for grades 6-12), i get to dable in anything, so music and presidents are on the tabble. looking forward to hearing it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: