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Students discover the electoral process.  In this United States government lesson plan, 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.
Eighth graders investigate the evolution of the presidential election campaign. In this media awareness instructional activity, 8th graders examine the use of television commercials during campaigns and their impact as they complete worksheets based on the 8 commercials they analyze.
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.
Students 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.
Sixth graders create an anti-slavery campaign based on the research they did on the abolitionists of the 19th century. In this anti-slavery lesson plan, 6th graders create a banner and examine historical artifacts.
What do statements made by presidential candidates reveal about what they want the public to believe about them? What can be deduced about American culture and values based on these statements? Do these values change over time? How do political messages reflect these changes? Class members access three Mini Pages and examine comments made by candidates in 1979, 1988, and 1995. They then craft their own campaign commercial. Included in the packet are detailed directions for the various activities, worksheets, and links to all required sources.  
How can we decide between candidates on election day? After contemplating various issues and qualities, your learners will go through a step-by-step process of researching and evaluating sample candidates and determining their qualifications, credibility, and platforms.
Learners campaign for president. In this presidential election instructional activity, students discuss the process of electing presidents, write their own campaign songs, research a campaign train schedule, and create campaign maps.
Students conduct political campaigns. In this campaign investigation lesson, students research political parties and political offices. Students choose an office to run for and create election videos that incorporate propaganda techniques.
Students run their own classroom campaigns, learning the process and system of an election on a local level. They write speeches, make posters, and finally, of course, vote. They work with the candidate to write a speech for presentation.
Students discuss the issue of finance reform in political campaigns. Using the internet, they identify the positives and negatives of finance reform and research the problems associated with campaign fund-raising. They share their findings and opinions with the class to end the instructional activity.
Where does the money for political campaigns come from? Guide your class with 10 multiple choice questions on money and the election process. There are 5 true/false and 5 multiple choice questions for them to answer. Use as a quiz or for homework.
Eighth graders examine Oregon's Initiative Process. In this American History lesson, 8th graders analyze primary sources.  Students create a power point presentation. 
Students interview a selected candidate and find out his or her views on important issues and what he/she hopes to convey to voters. They write and design campaign flyers. Students create final mock-ups of the materials.
Students participate in a classroom election. In this government lesson plan, students discover the responsibilities of classroom officers and create campaign posters that convey their personal vision regarding the office they are running for.
An article on The Canadian Campaign of the War of 1812 awaits your students. After reading the article, students answer ten true/false questions about the campaign. Answers appear at the end.
Students study and participate in the voting process. In this voting process lesson, students read Duck for President and vote on class snacks. Students create posters for the class snacks and present them to the class. Students tally and discuss the votes.
Learners explore an African American's presidential campaign. In teams, students create a campaign for their presidential candidate. They create political ads and plan campaign strategies. Learners are simulate jobs such as a campaign manager, situation manger, public relations, and political strategist. After research, students prepare a PowerPoint presentation of their candidate's message.
Students examine how the television changed the way candidates ran their campaign. In groups, they compare and contrast the television campaign ads of 1952 to those of today. They discuss how one's appearance became a bigger issue in an election than perviously because of the invention of the television.
Students examine campaign songs from the 1840, 1848, and 1860 elections to explore the campaign strategies of 19th century political parties.