Lesson Plans Bush, Barbara


Bush, Barbara
My Favorite Book Is...
One area of genuine interest for First Lady Barbara Bush was reading, with particular emphasis on family literacy.  Her interest was, perhaps, one result of her son Neil’s dyslexia.
Skill: Elementary School     Category: Education, Arts, Letters and Ideas

Bush, Barbara
A Timeline of Caring
Barbara and George Bush’s son Neil Bush suffered from dyslexia.  This disability is only one of many addressed by PL 94-142 and other pieces of federal legislation.
Skill: Middle School     Category: Law, Politics and Govt

Bush, Barbara
The Age of Magazines
Barbara Bush was especially aware of the growth of large circulation magazines.  Her father was chairman of the McCall Corporation, the parent company of a leading women’s magazine in the middle of the 20th century.
Skill: Middle School     Category: First Ladies' Lives

Bush, Barbara
Professional Sports: For Love or Money?
Since the 1970s, television contracts have infused American professional sports with large amounts of money.  That trend continues today.  Barbara and George Bush enjoy watching professional sports (their son, George W., once owned the Texas Rangers baseball team) and were certainly aware of this issue.
Skill: Middle School     Category: Sports and Popular Culture

Bush, Barbara
Hate Groups
The 20th century was a time during which many groups espoused hatred of others.  Not only did this occur in Nazi Germany; but also in the United States.  There are examples--perhaps not as extreme--in our own society as well.  Unhappily, many of these groups continue today.  As George Bush was, at one time, head of the CIA, he and Barbara Bush were certainly aware of them.
Skill: Middle School     Category: Religion, Social Issues and Reform

Bush, Barbara
Information, Disinformation, and Misinformation
In 1975, George Bush became head of the Central Intelligence Agency, America’s “spy” organization.  This information-gathering and analysis arm of the federal government is top-secret and, as a result, deals in all 3 modes of intelligence activities noted in the title.
Skill: High School/College     Category: Law, Politics and Govt

Bush, Barbara
It's Synthetic, Naturally!
The use of synthetic materials for clothing began during the 1930s.  It afforded designers, manufacturers, and consumers options for design, comfort, and versatility as a result of chemistry.  In fact, one of the slogans for the chemical industry is “Better living through chemistry!”
Skill: High School/College     Category: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech

Bush, Barbara
Who’s on first? In the end zone? At the net? In the ring?
America has always idolized its sports heroes.  The President welcomes many winning sports teams and individual players to the White House and Barbara Bush was frequently present when President Bush did the honors!
Skill: High School/College     Category: Sports and Popular Culture

Bush, Barbara
Popular Music and Patriotism
George and Barbara Bush were engaged and then newly-married during the years of World War II and its aftermath.  This was the era of Big Bands and swing music.  They probably danced to this music and surely enjoyed the patriotic songs.
Skill: High School/College     Category: Religion, Social Issues and Reform

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