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At the Governor's Mansion

Christy Clanton
Bay District Schools


-At the Governor's Mansion- is a mock visit to -talk with- our state governor and his family while -touring- the lovely mansion facility. Students report interesting facts that they learn about the governor in the class-made book.


The student clarifies understanding by rereading, self-correction, summarizing, checking other sources, and class or group discussion.

The student produces final documents that have been edited for-correct spelling-correct use of punctuation, including commas in series, dates, and addresses, and beginning and ending quotation marks-correct paragraph indentation -correct usage of subject/verb agreement, verb and noun forms, and sentence structure and -correct formatting according to instruction.

The student knows the names of his or her representatives at the local, state, and national levels (e.g., city council members, state representatives, and members of Congress) and the name of the his or her representatives in the executive branches of government at the local, state, and national levels (e.g., mayor, governor, and president).


-Computer and large screen television connected with a signal convertor bookmarked to website (
-Computers bookmarked to the website
-Word processing software, such as Microsoft Word
-Printer and printing supplies
-Paper and pencils
-Binder and page protectors for class book
--Focus on Florida- bulletin board where articles about the governor are collected and posted on a regular basis


The teacher should:
1. Gather materials.
2. Check connectivity of website as listed in the Resource section of this lesson.
3. Pre-load software and bookmark the website at teacher and student computers.
4. Establish a bulletin board, -Focus on Florida- and start gathering appropriate articles about the governor. Your students can assist in this process.
5. Assemble class book and establish a system for sending it home with a different student each night.


This lesson is usually taught while the house of representatives is in session and prior to an actual visit to Tallahassee, the state capital.

1. Conduct a K-W-L assessment with the students. Ask students what they (K)now about the governor of the state of Florida. Students record this information on paper. After students record, ask for volunteers to share what they have written. Then ask students what they (W)ant to learn about the governor and his office.

2. Introduces the students to the state governor via the website (see Resources). The teacher poses the question: -What is the most interesting thing about our governor?-

3. Students use the book-marked computer workstation to read and collect their ideas for the most interesting thing about the governor. They can also use articles posted on the -Focus on Florida- bulletin board as part of their research.

4. Students write a short paragraph to show what they have (L)earned about the governor. The paragraph should identify their most interesting observations about the governor and explain why it is the most interesting. Students edit, revise, and publish their work using software such as Microsoft Word which has been preloaded at their computer workstations.

5. These -interesting facts- are then collected and published in a class book called -Interesting Trivia About Florida's Governor.- This book is sent home with one student each night throughout the year to share with families and friends.


Teacher assesses student response to the following:
-The most interesting thing about the governor is ...-

Check the paragraph for the following:
-identification of the governor as an elected official of the state of Florida
-final document has conventional spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization
-paragraph reflects what was read
-paragraph follows proper format, i.e. topic sentence with ample supporting details

Web Links

Web supplement for At the Governor's Mansion
Welcome to the Florida's Governor's Mansion

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