Inside the Head of William Howard Taft

William Howard TaftSubject: United States History
Grade Level: Grades 10-12

Researched and written by Karen Regina.

History Standard:

  • Benchmark F - Identify major historical patterns in the domestic affairs of the United States during the 20th century and explain their significance
  • GLI 4 - Explain the goals and outcomes of late 19th and early 20th century reform movements of Populism and Progressivism

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Standard

  • GLI 1 - Describe the ways in which government policy has been shaped and set by the influence of political parties et al

Taft and WilsonOBJECTIVES
Students will:

  • describe accomplishments of William Howard Taft throughout his career
  • distinguish important events in the life of President William Howard Taft
  • analyze political cartoons about the elections of 1908 and 1912
  • explain how Taft won the Presidency in 1908 and lost in 1912
  • appreciate what motivated William Howard Taft
  • synthesize information from various sources
  • collaborate in groups to make choices and complete a collective task


  • "Historical Head" template
  • Internet resources
  • colored index cards
  • colored markers or crayons
  • scissors and glue sticks

Approximately two 45-55 minute class sessions

Download the lesson plan "Inside the Head of William Howard Taft" (.PDF)
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Funding for this project is provided by a generous grant from The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation.