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The Campaign Process
In this sequencing the campaign process worksheet, students arrange the steps of political campaigning in the correct order and write details explaining how to do each step. Students rearrange and write seven short answers.
How Has Technology Affected the Presidential Election Process in the U.S.?
Students measure technological advancements as they consider how they impacted the election process in the United States. In this presidential politics lesson, students research technological changes since the 1900's and create PowerPoint presentations that analyze how the advancements have played a role in how Americans elect their president.
Presidential Campaign: Posters of Yesterday and Today
Learners analyze the election process. In this presidential campaign lesson, students view campaign posters of yesterday and today. Learners research party names and a variety of campaign materials. Students create a Venn Diagram as formal assessment.
Activism or Slacktivism? The "Stop Kony" Campaign as a Teachable Moment
Engage your learners in global events. The makers of the film Invisible Children began the Kony 2012 Campaign to bring awareness to the Lord's Resistance Army. You can show your class the video Kony 2012 and spark discussion with the questions provided here. Scholars then produce their own questions and videos to share with their community. Other articles compare the perspective shown in the initial video, and several other projects are available.
Examining the Form and Function of Campaign Speeches
An examination of stump speeches, one of the most important components of a presidential campaign, is made possible by accessing The New York Times Learning Network. After closely examining the form and function of stump speeches, students write a stump speech – either for the candidate of their choice or for themselves.
A Race to Watch: Campaign 2008, The Role of Technology and the Internet
Learners listen to a statement about the role the Internet plays in the political process and respond by placing a card under the appropriate agree/disagree sign at the front of the room. Students brainstorm reasons to select their choice. They read an article "Presidential Campaigns Explore a New Medium." Learners discuss the article. They visit websites of their choice of candidates to see how the Internet is being used.
Political Cartoons as Part of the Election Process
Students explore the impact of political cartoons on American elections. In this presidential elections lesson plan, students discuss the election process and then analyze political cartoons that were published during presidential elections. As a culminating activity, students create their own political cartoons.
Students use a variety of Web sites to obtain specific information about the campaign finances of different Presidential hopefuls. They create graphs that illustrate all of the aspects of campaign finances researched,
Let the Campaign Begin
Young scholars differentiate between positive and negative personal attributes and select a fictional character for nomination who personifies the qualities of a good leader. They use the Internet to learn about the election process and write an announcement speech that identifies their character's platform. Finally, students complete a form that registers them to vote in the classroom election.
The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Issues in the Election of 1828 (and Beyond)
Students make a connection between changes in voting participation and the election of 1828. They describe regional factors evidenced by the voting results in the election of 1828 and analyze campaign materials from 1828 to explain the issues on which they touch and/or the style and tone of the campaign.
In this well-designed government and civics lesson, 3rd graders create a poster which they would use to campaign for President. Students listen to the book, "Max For President," and fill in a graphic organizer as they listen. This lesson effectively teaches the process by which the President is elected, and has good ideas for real-life application.
AIDS Awareness Campaign
Ninth graders launch their own AIDS awareness campaign. For this AIDS lesson, 9th graders read narratives from Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk About AIDS. Students then share the stories they read and create their own commercials to draw attention to the plight of African children.
Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process
High schoolers review stages of the legislative process, how committees help determine the outcome, and by deciding which bills the full Congress consider. They research committee assignments to consider why representation is important to the people
African Americans in World War II: Staging a Double V Campaign in the Classroom
The feelings and attitudes of African-Americans during World War II are examined by high schoolers. After watching various clips from "The War," they answer comprehension questions for each section. In groups, they create their own Double V campaign to promote equal rights. They end the lesson by comparing the African-American experience to other minorities during the war.
Social Studies: Campaign Finance Reform
Students develop arguments for and against campaign finance reform, examine federal and state laws that attempt to limit contributions to political candidates, evaluate various plans for campaign finance reform and formulate their own programs.
Let the Campaign Begin
Students examine the many steps involved in the electoral process. They examine past president's campaigns and write an announcement speech for the candidate of their choice.
Campaign! The Election Simulation Game
Students simulate the election process with one group acting as politicians and others acting as the constituency with concerns specific to their assigned area of the country. They give speeches, take polls, and elect a leader based on their views.
Lesson 8: Presidential Political Ads
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. In this civics lesson, 12th graders use the provided rubric and reference handouts to create their own presidential ad campaigns. This is day eight in a series of eleven lessons.
Lesson 9: The Election to End All Elections
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. In this civics lesson, 12th graders use the provided rubric and reference handouts to conduct classroom elections that require them to garner public support, deal with lobbyists, and present platforms. This is day 9 in a series of 11 lessons.
Explore the backgrounds, qualifications, and platforms of the presidential candidates for the 2000 election. Though the lesson is outdated, the activities within the informational text could be good practice for your young learners as they work on evaluating arguments and claims. They work in small groups to research information about assigned candidates and create official-looking résumés.