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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 measure technological advancements as they consider how they impacted the election process in the United States. In this presidential politics instructional activity, 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.
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.
Discuss the causes and effects of droughts with this New York Times lesson. Middle schoolers read the article "New to Being Dry, the South Struggles to Adapt," and discuss the possible solutions for water waste. They prepare public information campaigns to raise awareness about water conservation in their community. Use this lesson to address how an author of informational text addresses opposing viewpoints.
Want to explore the process of writing a persuasive essay and tie it in with the upcoming elections? Class members use Venn diagrams and the hamburger model of persuasive writing to write a five-paragraph essay on elections and candidates. After they describe the candidate they believe should be elected, they participate in an election, and tally the results. Links and lesson components are included.
Learners virtually visit the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library to conduct research. In this election of 1948 lesson, students take a closer look at documents and images used in Truman's bid for office in 1948. Learners analyze these primary sources and then create their own campaign posters that use propaganda techniques.
Students examine due process and equal protection. In this current events lesson plan, students read the provided article, "Due Process and Equal Protection for Gays and Lesbians." Students respond to the provided discussion questions and participate in a critical thinking activity on the topic.