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The 45th President

Original photo by Gage Skidmore

As a result of it being our tenth and final episode of On the Campaign Trail with Bill Nigut, it’s only right that we end on a celebratory note with information about the upcoming events welcoming our 45th president of the United States. This week’s episode, "The 45th President," is all about the presidential inauguration and the transition of power from one president to another. Students will learn about the restrictions on the new president’s selection of cabinet members, what ceremonial action is required to take office, and the departure of the former president from the White House.

This episode is aligned to SSCG4 and SSCG15 of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for American Government and Civics. Use our discussion questions to help facilitate meaningful conversations with your students, and consult the chart below to access any of our previous episodes and resources.

Episode Description Resources GPS
Episode 1: That's Debatable Explains the importance of debates in the political process, their overall structure and how this debate differs from those students will watch during the general election.   Debate Watch Guide
  Debate the Winner
  Debate Discussion
Episode 2: My Government, My Vote, My Voice Discusses the topic of democracy and provides insight on the difference between representative and parliamentary democracies and their overall contrast to autocracies and oligarchies.

 Discussion Questions
 Guided Notes
 Graphic Organizer

Episode 3: Do You Qualify Discusses the constitutional and unwritten qualifications for becoming president.  Discussion Questions
 Campaign Activity
 Qualifying People
Mini Episode: Campaign Update Students will find out where candidates from both political parties stand in national polls and how Iowa’s February 1st caucus and New Hampshire’s mid-February primary may impact those presidential nominees. Discussion Questions SSCG15
Episode 4: Role Call: The Seven Roles of the President Students learn about the seven main roles of our president and the responsibilities attached to each one.

  Discussion Questions
  Activity Scenarios    Graphic Organizer

Episode 5: Narrowing the Field Host Bill Nigut underscores the purpose of primaries and caucuses, gives details on Georgia’s open primary, and discusses why the state has chosen to participate in the SEC primary. Discussion Questions Hold Your Own Primary
Journey to the White House
Episode 6: Party Over Here, Party Over There Provides a breakdown of political parties, the different types of party systems, and the overall ideological differences between Democrats and Republicans.

Discussion Questions Party Over Here Activity
Party Over Here Task

Mini Episode: Campaign Update Campaign Update Inform students about what’s going on in the 2016 presidential election before Super Tuesday with this quick mini episode of On the Campaign Trail with Bill Nigut. Discussion Questions SSCG15
Episode 7: Lights, Camera, Action

Bill Nigut explains the role the media plays during elections and how this year’s presidential hopefuls are using social media more than ever before.

Discussion Questions SSCG15
Episode 8: Conventions and Candidates

Provides brief overviews of the Democratic and Republican national conventions that occurred in July and the individual that emerged as each party’s presidential nominee. Students will also learn about the history of party conventions, how they have changed over time, and the definition of a party platform.

Discussion Questions  Debate Watch Guide

Episode 9: Race to 270! Bill explains the difference between the popular and the electoral vote, how the number of electoral votes is determined per state, and the importance of swing states. Students will also be able to identify key states with large numbers of electoral votes and explain why candidates focus on some states more than others. Discussion Questions SSCG15
Episode 10: The 45th President Students will learn about the restrictions on the new president’s selection of cabinet members, what ceremonial action is required to take office, and the departure of the former president from the White House. Discussion Questions SSCG4, SSCG15

The education team at Georgia Public Broadcasting has enjoyed bringing you these informative episodes covering the 2016 election, and we look forward to offering even more engaging, student-friendly productions in the future. Leave a comment below or contact us via Facebook or Twitter to let us know what types of educational content you would like to see next. Happy New Year!

Shayla develops content and resources for Georgia’s teachers and students in her role as education curriculum specialist at GPB. Born and raised in Georgia, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Spelman College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Secondary Education. After completing her... more