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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 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.
Ninth graders launch their own AIDS awareness campaign. In 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.
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.
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, learners write a stump speech – either for the candidate of their choice or for themselves.
Students explore the impact of political cartoons on American elections. For this presidential elections lesson, 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.
For 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 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.
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.
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.
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.