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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.
“Hanging chads.” While these two words may be infamous to most of us, few middle schoolers understand their importance to the presidential election of 2000. As an exercise in drawing inferences, class members examine a Mini Page article about the changes made in political policies and election laws prior to the 2004 election. They make inferences and then check the validity of their assumptions by conducting research. Directions for the activity, links to required resources, assessments, and modifications are included in the detailed packet.
Just how much influence did television have on the results of the 1960 presidential election? Media critics contend that the results were all about how the two candidates appeared on the screen. Give your young historians a chance to make their own assessment. Class members read and annotate a transcript of the first Kennedy and Nixon debate and decide who they believe won. They then compare audio and video recordings of the debate and reassess their ruling. The highly detailed plan includes links to all required materials.
When did political propaganda start? How many types of propaganda are there? Kids are asked to analyze the various types of elections and election propaganda that voters see each year at election time. They compose an essay describing each type of propaganda and commonly used propaganda techniques. This is a five-day instructional activity that includes multiple resource links, standards, and adaptations; overall a great instructional activity.
Don't let the date deter you from looking at this resource. Although the subject matter is the 2010 midterm elections, class members study the rhetoric candidates used and the predictions the press made about the influence of the Tea Party and the outcome of the election. Class members could evaluate the effectiveness of campaign slogans and the influence of the issues on the now-known results.
Students analyze the media products and advertising techniques used in political campaigns. In this elections lesson plan, students view political debates and then work in groups to find examples of types of advertising techniques used in political ads they view on the Internet. Groups present their findings to the class. Students design a political advertisement as the summative assessment.
Learners consider the historic implications of Barack Obama's election. In this election of 2008 lesson, students research Obama's accomplishments and determine how his election signifies the success of the American Civil Rights Movement. Learners also consider the role that race may have played in the election and write essays about their findings.
Learners examine Abraham Lincoln's political views about slavery. In this American Civil War lesson, students determine how Lincoln's beliefs led to the restriction of slavery in American territories. Student also analyze the party platforms presented in the election of 1860. Learners complete activities where they analyze documents, correspondence, and speeches to better understand Lincoln's actions and the election.
Class members watch the video, “Implications of the 2010 Midterm Elections: Battle for the Federal Budget,” examine political cartoons, and analyze the impact the 2010 midterm election results had on Barack Obama’s presidency. Originally designed for use before the elections, the resource could be used to compare the expected results with actual events.
How can redistricting affect the outcome of state elections? How can it affect federal policy? A clip from the PBS special report, "Redistricting, Drawing the Lines," motivates class groups to investigate the origins of this political maneuver and current controversies. Handouts, extensions, activities, and rubrics are included in the richly detailed plan.
Sure to activate young minds, this resource asks learners to consider how media influences their personal points of view. Pupils examine how animals are portrayed in the media to understand why they feel the way they do about those animals. Additionally, they read recent news stories about the animals, pulling out main ideas and using supporting details to compose an original story that challenges animal stereotypes.