- Practice narrative writing and the sequencing of events
- Learn sentence and paragraph formation
- Participate in group discussions
Copies of the Meet the President Narrative Writing Prompt
Step 1. To start this activity, display pictures of the White House in your classroom and share the following fun facts with your class with a True/False quiz. Explain to students:
- You know that the President of the United States lives and works in the White House in Washington, DC. We’re going to play a True/False game to see what other facts you know about the White House.
- True or False: There are 32 rooms in the White House. (False. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the White House.)
- True or False: George Washington was the first president to live in the White House. (False. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.)
- True or False: There is a bowling alley at the White House. (True. The White House has its own flower shop, tennis/basketball court, jogging track, movie theater, and bowling alley.)
- True or False: The White House receives thousands of visitors a day. (True. Imagine that many people coming to your home each day!)
For additional information to share with students, visit Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government (bensguide.gpo.gov) and the kids’ portal for the U.S. government (kids.gov).
Step 2. Next, ask students what they think it would be like to visit the White House and meet the President. What would they do on a visit with the President?
Step 3. Distribute the student activity sheet and read it with your students. Students might work independently or with a partner to write stories about a day at the White House. The sheet includes prompts to help them identify who they will meet (the characters), where they will go in the White House (the setting), and what they will talk about.
Step 4. Remind students that the story is imaginative, so it can be serious, funny, or adventurous. Encourage them to use details in their stories to describe the White House and people.
Step 5. Remind students to use dialogue when writing about conversations they might have with the President or other characters.
Step 6. Have students illustrate and share their stories with the class when done.
Inside the White House from whitehouse.gov
White House Facts from scholastic.com