Andrew Jackson vs. the Whig Party Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach students about Andrew Jackson's administration and his opposition to the Whig Party with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, debate key ideas, compare to modern-day presidents and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe Andrew Jackson's administration
  • explain the formation and rise of the Whig Party in opposition to Jackson
  • think critically about and form an opinion on Jackson's presidency


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Warm-Up and Review

  • Start the video lesson Andrew Jackson vs. the Whig Party: Rise of Executive Power and pause at 2:35.
  • Ask students to think about the content they saw.
    • Why was Jackson considered a president of the common man?
    • What were the common man's expectations of Jackson?
  • Discuss questions as a whole group, helping to give them context to understand the remainder of the lesson.

Direct Instruction

  • Before restarting the video lesson, pose the following guiding questions:
    • What was Jackson like as a president?
    • Did Jackson achieve his goals as a president?
  • Instruct students to take notes on these and other key points, then play the remainder of the video.
  • Have students meet in small groups to discuss the events in the video and answer the guiding questions.

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