Be Sure to Stay Smart and Be on the Look Out for Fake News!

There is so much misinformation on the internet these days.  All readers of the internet must be aware of articles, websites, and fake news floating around the web that is not true.  There are lots of ways to spot untrue information.

  1. Be doubtful!  Just because it is on the net does not make it true.  Anyone can publish information on the internet.  Always assume what you are reading is not true.  Always find another source that backs up the information you are reading.
  2. Check and double check!  Look at who published the information.  Be aware that some news sources are more honest than others.  Be sure you know which sites to rely on and which ones you don’t.
  3. Look for the real story!  Fake news, information, and articles exist for a reason.  Start paying attention to why an article or information has been included on a site.  Many sites are looking for traffic to earn money from ads.  Those sites will do anything to drive traffic to their site including adding fake information.
  4. Use a Fact Checking Source that you trust!  Sites like Factcheck.org and Politifact.com are good sites that will help you decide which news is read and which is not.

 

Comment any sites that you have found helpful or trustworthy in your school research below!

How Long Can a President be President?

After watching bits and pieces of Donald Trump’s inauguration during class on January 20th, I noticed some students, including myself, were a bit confused by the two-term rule for presidents.

When George Washington became president he chose to serve two terms as president.  At the end of his second term, he decided to retire as president.  His reasons cited were; he wanted to go home to Mount Vernon, he needed a rest, and he had given enough service to his country.  From that time forward presidents followed George Washington and quit after the second term.  That is until Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1933.  Roosevelt stayed in office for three terms until his death in 1945. After Roosevelt died, the 22nd Amendment was added to limit presidential terms to two terms in office.
That means a president can not serve more than eight years as president.  Whether it be in a row or staggered.  It makes no difference whether the two terms are consecutive.

I have always thought that a president could serve more than eight years because of Grover Cleveland.  Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.  He is the only president to serve his eight years, not in a row.  I assumed that because he did not serve his terms consecutively that a president could choose to run more than two times.  It is not true.

Want to Know Which Presidents Can Not Run Again?

  • Thomas Jefferson (president from 1801 to 1809)
  • James Madison (president from 1809 to 1817)
  • James Monroe (president from 1817 to 1825)
  • Andrew Jackson (president from 1829 to 1837)
  • Ulysses Grant (president from 1869 to 1877)
  • Grover Cleveland (president from 1885 to 1889 and 1893 to 1897)
  • Woodrow Wilson (president from 1913 to 1921)
  • Dwight Eisenhower (president from 1953 to 1961)
  • Ronald Reagan (president from 1981 to 1989)
  • Bill Clinton (president from 1993 to 2001)
  • George W Bush (president from 2001 to 2009)

 What do you think?  Will Donald Trump serve two terms as president?  Will they be interrupted terms or consecutive?  Comment below and remember to keep it friendly!

Lucretia Mott

Recently, students learned about abolitionists.  Abolitionists were brave men and women who were against slavery and tried to end it before the outbreak of the Civil War.  Students were asked to pick one abolitionist and create a Thinglink Display. Each picture has a collection of links.  Click on the link to learn more about Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

by Arleth C.

 

Want to see all of the Thinglink projects?

John Quincy Adams

Susan B. Anthony

John Brown

Frederick Douglass

William Lloyd Garrison

David Walker

The Grimke Sisters

Sojourner Truth

Elizabeth Cady Stanton