Activity Overview

In this activity, students will make a list of the pros and cons of being the president of the United States. So You Want to Be President? describes many reasons why it would be a good idea to be president and many reasons why it wouldn’t. Students can compile a list of pros and cons from textual evidence alone, by researching on the internet, or in other books. Using the T-Chart, students will list and illustrate the pros in one column and the cons in the other.

Here is an example:


  • lives in the White House
  • has a pool, bowling alley, and movie theater
  • doesn’t have to eat yucky vegetables


  • always has to be dressed up
  • can’t go anywhere alone
  • people get mad at you

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a pros and cons list of being the president of the United States.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write "Pros" and "Cons" in the top title boxes.
  3. Write the pros in the left column and the cons in the right column.
  4. Add illustrations in each cell, with appropriate scenes, characters, items, and dialogue.
  5. Save and Exit

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/3/2] Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/3/7] Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/3/8] Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

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