American Presidents






John F. Kennedy:
Life Portrait

from 11/08/99
John F. Kennedy: Life Portrait Video Lesson Plan

Directions: Use the themes, questions and video clips below to teach and learn with portions of C-SPAN's American Presidents program on President John F. Kennedy.

Link to the complete video clip list to identify clip descriptions and create your own lessons. Each theme contains questions and video clips appropriate for varying grade levels.

Link to C-SPAN archived programs for narratives and eyewitness accounts.


Complete Video Program | Video Clip List | Archived Programs

    LEGACY

Watch Clip 3
     (1 minute)
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Watch Clip 7
     (3 minutes)
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Watch Clip 50
     (3 minutes)
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1. Why does John F. Kennedy's legacy as president and as a person have such a hold on the American public still today?
2. To which generation(s) does this legacy belong?
3. What image do people have when they think of John F. Kennedy? What image do you have?
4. Has the image of John F. Kennedy changed since the time of his presidency? How?
5. What do Americans remember most about John F. Kennedy? his personality? his family? his looks? his domestic policies? his foreign policies? his speeches?

    ASSASSINATION

Watch Clip 18
     (3 minutes)
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Watch Clip 35 & 36
     (3 minutes)
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1. Do you believe there was a conspiracy involved in John F. Kennedy's assassination?
2. Why do some search for an answer beyond the conclusions of the Warren Report?
3. How might Lyndon B. Johnson's belief in a conspiracy have affected his own presidency?
4. Do you think the book on John F. Kennedy's assassination will ever be closed?

    CONSPIRACY

Watch Clip 24
     (1 minute)
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Watch Clip 37
     (4 minutes)
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1. Do you believe there was a conspiracy involved in John F. Kennedy's assassination?
2. Why do some search for an answer beyond the conclusions of the Warren Report?
3. How might Lyndon B. Johnson's belief in a conspiracy have affected his own presidency?
4. Do you think the book on John F. Kennedy's assassination will ever be closed?

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