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Students 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. Students 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 advertisements are produced for political campaigns. In groups, they view various examples of different advertisements and create their own ad by completing the steps listed in the lesson plan. They share their ad with the class and participate in a discussion about the values it portrays.
High schoolers 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.
Learners research process necessary to add local or state law limiting such driving distractions as cell phones or other technological devices, interview city leaders or legislators, research areas that already have such legislation and whether it is successful, and create chart to show legal process involved in creating new laws.
Young scholars explore the significance of presidential party conventions. In this election of 2008 instructional activity, students determine how political parties select their presidential and vice presidential nominees as they research Internet sites and complete handouts.
Running an election campaign takes money. Class groups must effectively budget money in order to design and purchase sufficient advertising aimed at procuring classmates' votes. After completing an online tutorial, they also write and perform a persuasive speech in the voice of a candidate using the strategies they have been taught. Finally, they analyze the qualities of each candidate before voting.
Students determine the different kinds of air pollution. They investigate health concerns that are caused by breathing polluted air, and make a time capsule of items that are of environmental concern. Finally, they attempt to write solutions to problems that are brought about by air pollution and to launch a S.O.A.P. campaign.
Fifth graders hold an election. In this democracy lesson, 5th graders discuss voting, the election process and learn about the electoral college. The entire 5th grade participates in an election process- writing persuasive pieces, power point presentations, campaigning and voting.
Discuss why there are so many adaptations of print texts that make it to film in this instructional activity. Here, middle and high schoolers examine how the market drives the creation of adaptations. Use this instructional activity to explore how the film adaptation process can impact its loyalty to the source material.
Analyze what happens when two sources provide conflicting information with this lesson plan about the 2004 Presidential election. After viewing and discuss ads from the campaign, middle and high schoolers view the website "factcheck," a non-partisan organization that monitors the accuracy of public political discourse. They use this web site to check the truth of the ads and brainstorm other ways to find information they need that is not included on the website.