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Bush Re-Election Campaign Revisited
Students examine the direct role played by George W. Bush in the 2004 election campaign. They compare these campaign conditions and tactics with those in the 1992 presidential election, and present information in the form of a Powerpoint slideshow.
The Campaign of 1840: The Campaign
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?
The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Issues in the Election of 1828 and Beyond
Students research the campaign and election issues of Andrew Jackson. In this presidential election lesson, students research the campaign of 1828. Students then list the important issues. Students discuss the political advertisements in campaigns today. Students work in small groups to analyze the 1828 campaigns.
The Campaign of 1840: The Whigs, the Democrats, and the Issues
Students reflect on the nature of the campaign of 1840. They identify the positions of the Democrats and the Whigs and their basic differences.
THE FEDERAL CONFIRMATION PROCESS: CHOOSING THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB
Students analyze the process whereby presidential appointees are confirmed.
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
What is the Legacy of the New Deal?
Prepare your pupils for full-fledged political discussions with a scaffolded seminar process. Before talking about the topic, class members have a couple of days to respond to a question in writing, using the two listed reading selections as evidence. On the day of the seminar, learners first discuss in small groups and then come together for a whole-class Socratic seminar about the New Deal.
Don't Drink and Drive: Assessing the Effectiveness of Anti-Drinking Campaigns
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.
The Presidential Campaign Game
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.
Let the Campaign Begin
Students discover the electoral process. In this United States government lesson, students read the book So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George and investigate the steps that must be taken for a person to become President. Students complete a mock Voter Registration Form.
The Role of Television Commercials in Presidential Election Campaigns
Eighth graders investigate the evolution of the presidential election campaign. In this media awareness lesson plan, 8th graders examine the use of television commercials during campaigns and their impact as they complete worksheets based on the 8 commercials they analyze.
Reviewing the Election Process by NOW Classroom for PBS
Young scholars take a closer look at presidential elections. In this election process lesson, students discuss the roles of the primary, caucus, polls, Electoral College, delegates, and lobbyists in the process. Young scholars then access the listed Web links to research the election process and share their findings with their classmates.
Campaign Songs as Propaganda:Free Trade vs. Protectionism - In Whose Interest?
High schoolers analyze campaign messages about tariffs in a 19th-century campaign song. They read and discuss the lyrics, complete an analysis worksheet, and identify the intended audience of the song's message.
Anti-Slavery Campaign Strategies
Sixth graders create an anti-slavery campaign based on the research they did on the abolitionists of the 19th century. For this anti-slavery lesson plan, 6th graders create a banner and examine historical artifacts.
The Process of Democracy
Students investigate how ballots are cast and counted in the American election process. They research how the process has changed over the years. They study the Electoral College and how it effects the presidency.
A Positive Spin
Study word choice and connotation in advertising. Readers examine campaign ads, both negative and positive, from the 2006 mid-term election. They read and discuss an article and analyze a campaign of any candidate they choose. Finally, they develop storyboards for positive campaigns. With a little more prep time (check for current ads online), the resource could be easily updated to cover current election campaigns.
Lesson 3: Fight the Flu: Acting
In the third of a three-part lesson, learners synthesize the data they've collected about how the flu is spread and create an action plan. Groups work together to develop an anti-flu public safety campaign of their choosing; some suggestions include hand-washing posters, replacing light switches with motion detectors, and installing hand sanitizing stations aroundschool. Kids are encouraged to come up with their own ideas, as well. After the action plans are developed, they are presented in class, and each classmate helps the presenting group refine the plan by filling out the evaluation worksheet attached.
The Union is Perpetual: Lincoln is Elected
Young scholars take a closer look at the election of Abraham Lincoln. In this historical analysis lesson, students analyze letters, political cartoons, and campaign materials from Lincoln's campaign. Analysis worksheets are included.
Running for Public Office
Students engage in the election process. In this public office lesson, students review the election and campaign process then design a campaign for their own selected office election using provided guidelines and links.