Activity Overview

Nixon came to the White House during the turbulent time of the Vietnam War. His domestic policies aimed to address issues like the anti-war movement, the oil crisis, and inflation. Using a spider map, students will outline, define, and explain Nixon's domestic policies. This activity will provide students with a base from which they can analyze and synthesize how Nixon conducted affairs domestically and the impact his initiatives had on the country.

Teachers may pre-select which major policies define his domestic agenda or have students complete research to determine what they believe to be the six major policies. Suggested topics include social issues, the anti-war movement, the economy and inflation, the oil crisis, his “Southern Strategy”, and the first moon landing.

Extended Activity

Have students create a 5 Ws spider map on one specific domestic policy. Students should define and explain the major points of why such policy was initiated, as well as what effect it had on the American government and public. This will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the effects of Nixon’s policies as a president, as well as place his actions into a broader historical context.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Activities

Create a spider map outlining the domestic policies Nixon initiated during his presidency.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In each title box, enter one of Nixon's domestic policies.
  3. In the description boxes, write a summary of the policy, its aims, and its effects.
  4. Create an illustration for each policy using appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

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