The President’s Travels

Jimmy Carter grew up on the red clay soil of a Georgia peanut farm and rose to the presidency of the United States. Since 1982, as the founder of The Carter Center, he has helped millions of people around the world fight disease and pursue human rights. Who has traveled farther in one lifetime?

The President’s Travels, our geography-based curriculum guide to the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum experience, uses the life and times of President Carter as a springboard to teach your students about the world. All lessons make use of facsimiles of primary sources from our holdings: documents, reports, maps, photographs, letters, diaries, posters, artifacts, and recordings created by those who participated in the events of the past.

19 Curriculum Units | Grades 2 - 12 | GPS-Correlated: US History - Civics - Geography - Energy & Environment - Human Rights - US Foreign Policy - Science & Health - Current Events - Middle-East - Segregation & Civil Rights - Character Education.

UNIT 1: Children’s Letters to President Carter

Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Standards: GPS Information Processing Skill #6; SS2CG2, SS2CG3

Themes/Content: Document analysis, Letter writing, Current events & their impact on the presidency, Energy and the environment.

14 Pages | 623 kb | UNIT 1

UNIT 2: Life in Plains, GA

Grades: 2nd - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS2H1a, SS2H2b, SS2G2, SS2CG2 (a&b), SS3H2a, SSCG8, SS3H2b, SS3G2, SSWG1, SS8H10, SS5H2c, SS5H8 (b&d), SS8H6c, SS8H11, SSUSH22, SS8H24a, SS5H3b, SS5H4b, SS5G2b, SS8H12b, SS8H8

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Geography, Compare & contrast historical exercises, Onsite interactive multimedia activity, Online research activities, Peanut farming research exercise, G. W. Carver research activity, Segregation, GA & the Civil Rights movement, Impact of the Great Depression on GA, Motion picture analyses activity, Segregated classroom simulation, Social media simulation exercise

71 Pages | 4,029 kb | UNIT 2

UNIT 3: The Negro Motorist Green Book

Grades: 4th - 8th

Standards: GPS: SS2H1 (a&b), SS5H8b

Themes/Content: : Geography, Segregation & Civil Rights, Online research activities

7 Pages | 395 kb | UNIT 3

UNIT 4: The Peanut Brigade (1976 Campaign)

Grades: 2nd - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS2CG2, SS2CG2a, SS4CG4b, SS6CG8, SSCG8, SS8H12B, SSKH3]

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Artifact Analyses, Mock campaigns, Online political research, Geography, Pre- and Post-visit activities

30 Pages | 1,880 kb | UNIT 4

UNIT 5: A Day In The Life

Grades: 2nd - 12th

Standards: GPS: SSWG4, SSWG7, SSWG8, SS2CG2 (a&b), SS2CG3, SS5H9a, SSCG12, SSCG13 (a&b), SSCG20, SS8H12 (a&b), SSUSH25; NCSS-Era 10 Standard 1, 1a.; SS5H9, SS8H12; Era 9 Standard 2, 2d; Language Arts-ELA8W1

Themes/Content: Document analysis, Geography, Civics, Expository writing activity, Compare & contrast research exercise, On-site museum interactive activity, Presidential decision making, Social media simulation activity

19 Pages | 1,720 kb | UNIT 5

UNIT 6: JCLAM Onsite Multimedia Interactives

Grades: 2nd - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS2J1a, SS2CG3, SS6G1, SS8H12b

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Geography, Motion picture analysis, Multimedia extension activities, On-site museum interactive exercises

24 Pages | 1,842 kb | UNIT 6

UNIT 7: A Day In the Life of the President

Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 5th - 12th

Standards: GPS: SSKG1, SSKG2, SS2H1a, SS2G2, SS2G2, SS3CG1b, SS3CG1c, SS5H9, SS5G2, SS8h11C, SS8H12B, SS8G1a, SSWG2, SSWG7, SSUSH25c, SSWH20, SSWH21

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Geography, Presidential decision making, Roles & duties of the president, Collaborative executive crises simulation, Pre-visit and On-site interactive activities, Post-visit writing activity

33 Pages | 1,500 kb | UNIT 7

UNIT 8: Political Peanuts - Cartoons Inspired by President Carter

Grades: 4th - 12th

Standards: GPS: : Information Procession Skill(s) #6, #8; NCSS-SSWH19

Themes/Content: Cartoon analysis, Energy & environment, Symbolism, Current events exercises, Iran hostage crisis, Vocabulary builder activity, Camp David, Online extension activities

33 Pages | 1,697 kb | UNIT 8

UNIT 9: The Panama Canal

Grades: 5th - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS5H3c, SS6CG1, SSCG3, SSCG12, SSCG20, SS8H12b, SSWG7, SSUSH14c; Science - S6Ed, S6E3, S7L4 (c&e)S

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Geography, U. S. / Latin-American relations, Onsite information hunts, Collaborative watershed stakeholder game, Political cartoon analyses, Online extended research activities

60 Pages | 3,601 kb | UNIT 9

UNIT 10: The Camp David Accords

Grades: 4th - 12th

Standards: GPS: GPS: SS7H2, SS7G8, SS5H9, SSCG20, SSCG12, SSUSH25c, SSWH19b

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Geography, Motion picture analysis activity, Political cartooning exercise, Writing activity, Mid-east research, Online post-visit research

33 Pages | 2,092 kb | UNIT 10

UNIT 11: Two White Houses - The Iran Hostage Crisis

Grades: 7th - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS7G5, SS7G8, SS7CG5, SSUSH25c, SSWH20a

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Geography, Middle-East, U. S. foreign policy issues

13 Pages | 826 kb | UNIT 11

UNIT 12: A New Deal in Georgia

Grades: 4th - 12th

Standards: GPS: GPS: SS5H5, SS8E3, SS8E4, SS8E5, SSWG8

Themes/Content: Geography, Poster analyses activity, New Deal era research activity, Vocabulary builder, Collaborative discussion exercise, Expository writing activity, S.E.S. extension exercise, Online research activities

48 Pages | 962 kb | UNIT 12

UNIT 13: Our Documents

Grades: 4th - 12th

Standards: GPS: Information Processing Skill(s) #6, #8

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Media literacy, Importance of presidential libraries

6 Pages | 544 kb | UNIT 13

UNIT 14: Waging Peace - Election Monitoring

Grades: 2nd - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS2CG3, SS2H1a, SSCG20, SS6CG1, SS6CG2, SS7CG1, SS7CG2, SS7CG3, SS8CG2, SSCG6, SSKCG1, SS3CG1, SS4CG3, SS4CG4, SS5CG1a, SSCG3b

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Geography, Pre-visit activities, On-site interactive exhibit exercise, Carter Center election monitoring program, Online research activities, Mock election exercise, Political analyses, ELA exercise, Election observation simulation

43 Pages | 1,996 kb | UNIT 14

UNIT 15: Launching Liberty - Democracy in Liberia

Grades: 2nd - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS2H1, SS7CG1, SS7CG1, ELA7R1, ELAALRL1, ELA7R2

Themes/Content: Geography, Reading comprehension activity, Vocabulary builder exercise, Carter Center election monitoring program, Language arts / Poetry analysis activity, Motion picture analysis activity, On-site museum interactive activity

37 Pages | 1,295 kb | UNIT 15

UNIT 16: The Carter Center - Fighting Disease

Grades: 6th - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS6E3, SS6G3, SS7E3, SS7G2, SSWG2, SSWG4, SSWG7

Themes/Content: Document Analyses, Geography, Health & disease issues, Distribution of natural resources, Environmentalism

12 Pages | 764 kb | UNIT 16

UNIT 17: Fighting Tropical Disease - Cleanliness Counts

Grades: 4th - 8th

Standards: GPS: Geography-SSWG1; Health-HEK1b, HE1.1b, HE2.1b

Themes/Content: Geography, Carter Center disease eradication program, Hygiene & sanitation game

86 Pages | 19,785 kb | UNIT 17

UNIT 18: Fighting Tropical Disease - What Ails You?

Grades: 5th - 12th

Standards: GPS: Geography-SSWG1 (a-c), SSWG3, SSWG4 (a-d), SSWG4, SSWG5 (a-c), SSWG7 (b-d); Science-S5L4, S7L4; Epidemiology-SEPI1 (c&d), SEPI2

Themes/Content: Document analysis, Geography, Carter Center health programs, Collaborative disease simulation game, Online extended research activity

34 Pages | 3,388 kb | UNIT 18

UNIT 19: Waging Peace - The Nobel Peace Prize

Grades: 2nd - 12th

Standards: GPS: SS2CG3, SS2H1a, SS2H1b, SSUSH25c

Themes/Content: Document analyses, Simulation game, Discussion/collaboration/research activity, Online extension activities, Pre- and Post-visit activities

25 Pages | 1,868 kb | UNIT 19


The President’s Travels curriculum units are the result of the expertise, creativity, and hard work of several talented and devoted Georgia educators. Our thanks and congratulations for a job-well-done goes out to Brian Brewer, Sarah Brown, Monique Liles, and Dumaka Moultrie. These four teachers helped us create GPS-correlated activities that will assist you in developing and refining your ability to teach geographic and historic literacy using primary sources and objects (teaching with documents and museums).

Thank you as well to Jimmy Carter Presidential Library staff members Jay Hakes, Janet Harris, and Sylvia Naguib, for assisting me in editing the 647 pages that comprise The President’s Travels.

And last, but certainly not least, we’d like to acknowledge the generous support of The Coca-Cola Foundation. Without a generous grant for education programming here at the Jimmy Carter Library from The Coca-Cola Foundation, we definitely wouldn’t have been able to put together this content rich, cross-disciplinary curriculum. – Kahlil G. Chism, Education Specialist, JCLAM