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Feeling ambitious about getting your scholars examining the election process? While this presidential election simulation will take preparation, the ensuing enthusiasm will be worth it! Using one or more large classes, 12th graders are divided into states, forming political parties, using "campaign money," to support candidates, and participating in a popular and electoral vote. Frame or adjust as needed. Consider including a project guide handout and a written component.
Third graders answer questions about candidates in an election while they use a database. In this election and database lesson, 3rd graders research information about candidates for upcoming elections. They enter their information into a teacher-made database before using different types of sorts to access the information.
Learners identify political parties, then read a news article about the 2008 election. In this current events lesson (written prior to the 2008 election), the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
What comes to mind when learners think about campaign financing? They watch a video (linked) about the fundraising climate during the 2012 presidential election and discuss Super PACs and Supreme Court legislation as a group. Scholars focus on rhetorical device by listening to famous speeches and completing a graphic organizer on persuasive techniques. Next they view four Super PAC ads and complete an analysis of what they see. In a well-formed paragraph, researchers synthesize conclusions based on one of the ads. A rubric is included, and all worksheets are separated into middle school and high school levels. The informational text and resource links here are invaluable.
Students explore important political election components. In this civics lesson plan, students view a video about the 2008 presidential election and identify important issues addressed by the candidates. Students discuss vocabulary and election concepts, and write an essay explaining which candidate they would support. Although the video describes the 2008 election, it has valid information that could be used in any election lesson plan.
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.
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.
Learners explore U.S. politics by researching the Presidential requirements. In this electoral process lesson, students identify the main requirements to become a Presidential candidate and the two main political parties. Learners research the 2008 campaign between Obama and McCain and create a T.V. style report on their information.
Students explore the election process. In this government and literacy lesson, students listen to the book Ruby May Has Something to Say by David Small and discuss the importance of clear communication of your personal feelings. Students review our election process orally and then write a paragraph about how the voting process works. Students write a job description for a new 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.