John Adams Presidency XYZ Affair Alien and Sedition Acts Election of 1796


Grade Levels
6th – 8th
Social Studies – History, Civics, U.S. History
Resource Type
Activities, Handouts
Formats Included
Zip (5 + 11 slides)
Google Apps™

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This lesson discusses the main aspects of John Adams’ Presidency, including, the XYZ Affair, the Alien and Sedition Acts, trade issues, and the elections of 1796 and 1800.

I’ve included a variety of lesson option to meet the needs of teachers. There is a classroom handout, a Pear Deck version, and a version that can be assigned in Google Slides.

This lesson plan is linked with NYS Social Studies standards, however, I’m sure you could add your own.  It includes a 2 page lesson plan, a 2 page historical background, an 11 page slideshow with built in assessment questions and a short exit ticket to check for understanding. In the exit tickets, students will write John Adams Twitter messages!

Included in this product:

  • A classroom handout
  • A Pear Deck presentation for use with the handout
  • A Google Slides version of the lesson that can be assigned in Google Classroom

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