Lesson Plan

The Measure of a Man or a Woman

Students dress up representing the Taft family.
Life with the Taft family
Taft Historic site staff

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Social Studies, Visual Arts
45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Government: Benchmark A Grade Level Indicators: 3.1, 5.1, 5.2
Citizenship Rights and Resposibilities: Benchmark B - Grade Level Indicators: 3.3, 4.2, 4.4


This lesson will help students to re-live the early years of William Howard Taft and his family as well as, explore the Taft family's values practiced in their household.


  • Define how we "measure up" to certain standards in our society such as family, friends, and our personal self - accomplishments.
  • Compare/Contrast their family lifestyle to William Howard Taft's family lifestyle.
  • List two reasons why it is important to protect and preseve national park resources.


This program consists of seven students dressing up into period clothing costumes and role - playing William Howard Taft and his family while the other students in the audience are reporters, who interview the Taft's about living in Cincinnati during the 1850's and 1860's.


Victorian - Era props or costumes to represent William and his family.