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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.
Students analyze the election process. In this presidential campaign lesson, students view campaign posters of yesterday and today.  Students research party names and a variety of campaign materials. Students create a Venn Diagram as formal assessment.
Students 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." Students discuss the article. They visit websites of their choice of candidates to see how the Internet is being used.
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
Students 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
Students discuss the use of visual images, objects, and spectacle in the 1840 campaign, then take a stand: Was the campaign of 1840 based more on substance or image?
High schoolers reflect on the nature of the campaign of 1840. They identify the positions of the Democrats and the Whigs and their basic differences.
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. For 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.
Eighth graders participate in a simulated presidential campaign by conducting research on the Internet. They define a party platform, run a campaign and write and deliver speeches in teams. Students can then act as the electoral college to choose party candidates.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Imagine a instructional activity that models for learners how to separate facts from opinions. How to detect bias. How to evaluate a source of information. How to identify propaganda. Although designed for middle schoolers, the activities in this packet teach skills all voters should develop. Groups analyze presidential campaign commercials to determine how the ads are designed to educate and influence the electorate.
As Bob Dylan so famously wrote, "The times they are a-changin'." Through a series of discussions, indepedent class work, and a whole-class simulation young scholars explore how the amendment process allows the US Constitution to change and adapt with the times.

New Review Mock Election

Here is an excellent resource in which class members host a mock election for a candidate and policy that will be implemented into your very own classroom. Progressing from primaries, through the campaign trail, and finally to the mock election, your young citizens will be engaged every step of the way. They will gain a genuine understanding of the democratic process of elections in the United States.
Have your class explore alcohol awareness public service announcements. Provided is a detailed plan and a complete set of materials for doing just this. Learners are exposed to a series of approaches and advertisements and decide which techniques are the most valid. Then, they get together in groups to create their own alcohol awareness campaigns. Class members also act as focus groups so that pupils have the full experience of creating and implementing a campaign. Great resource!
Students consider what it takes to win an American presidential election. In this current events lesson, students access a PBS news video about the electoral college online, watch it, and then complete activities that require them to examine the strategies of political campaigns.
Upper graders play a game as a way to facilitate understanding of US Presidential Campaign issues and strategies. After being divided into small groups, a candidate will be chosen to run for office. Each group creates propaganda to get their presidential candidate elected. This is a great idea that is sure to excite while also educating your class.