Qualifications to Run for President

Recommended Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8

Teacher: Sarah Roy, Strafford Elementary School

Editor: Rachel M. Stanton, M.Ed.

General Description

Students will be able to list the three main Constitutional qualifications for becoming president of the United States as evidenced by accurately completing the comic strip assignment.


  • Students will be formatively assessed throughout the informal class and group discussions
  • Students will be creating a comic that explains the qualifications for becoming president.
  • Students will also include any traits of characteristics that they feel are important to have if someone wants to be president


  • Student drawing “How to Become President”
  • Steps to Becoming President of the United States
  • Computers with internet access
  • Projector and screen
  • White board/dry erase markers or flip chart paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Markers/colored pencils
  • Access to the US Constitution (Article 2, section 1)
  • Supporting documents from kids.gov
  • Comic template
  • USA.gov resources

Students with graphomotor challenges can orally complete the formative assessment by telling the teacher the three minimum qualifications.

Students might benefit from printing out US Constitution Article to see up close - also be able to translate it into lower lexile scale.

Materials and Documents

I am ready to go back and teach my students about voting and the court system! Everything was GREAT!
- Teacher, 2016
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