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Impeachment Cheat Sheet Activity

Impeachment is going to be in the news this week, and that provides a unique teachable moment.  As the process plays out live in the news, we have an opportunity to explain foreign relations procedures, foreign service offices, and highlight the large number of people involved in the scandal.   The process can happen easily with the use of student’s cell phones.  


Discover and Report Back


Thisis an activity I use when students ask questions before researching anything.  The activity shows them the power and vast amount of knowledge they hold in their hands daily: their cell phones.  As the impeachment process moves forward, it will be important for students to know who’s who and what their role in the controversy is.  This quick activity is designed to create a classroom primer for our students.  The directions are simple: 


  • pair students into groups
  • have them quickly research one person from the list below. 
  • report back on the person’s title/office, and what they are accused of or what role they play in the controversy

Have students report back on their findings and as they do, create a timeline on your board. The purpose is not to create a mock trial but a user’s cheat sheet.  As events unfold, knowing a little about all the parties involved will help students understand and follow the news. 


  • Stephen Engel
  • Michael Atkinson
  • John Durham
  • Marie Yovanovitch
  • Gordon Sondland
  • Kurt Volker
  • Ulrich Brechbuhl
  • Andriy Yermak
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Viktor Shokin
  • Yuriy Lutsenko
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Devin Nunes
  • Adam Schiff
  • Pat Cipollone
  • Joseph Maguire
  • Mike Pence,
  • Mike Pompeo
  • William Barr
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Volodymyr Zelensky
  • Donald Trump
  • Hunter Biden
  • Joe Biden

Need a cheat sheet too?  Check out these resources:



Let’s help each other out this week:

  • How are you discussing impeachment?
  • What classroom activities will you use?
  • What resources and cheat sheets can you add to our list?