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If it is an election year and you're teaching American government, then you'll definitely want to take a look at this project. Class members will research a chosen candidate and create a profile for him/her, then collect and analyze newspaper articles, create a slogan, and conduct polling outside of school to get an understanding of how many people will be heading to the polls come election day.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
American Media: Addicted to Scandal?
Students examine media coverage of George W. Bush's refusal to answer questions regarding past illegal drug usage in the 1999 campaign. They consider the role of rumor, scandal, audience and relevance in political media coverage.
6th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 35 Downloads
Students examine the economic and political challenges the past six presidents have faced during their terms of office, and how those challenges may or may not have impacted their chances for re-election. They create campaign slogans both for and against the presidents researched in class based on the economic and political climate at the time of their elections.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 40 Downloads
How Media Shapes Perception
Students explain the impact that the media may have in shaping their intellectual and emotional responses to current events. They examine broadcast and Web-based news sites to find subtexts through the use of language, audio, and visual elements.
10th - 12th Language Arts 33 Views 97 Downloads
Watching the Elections
Students analyze the media products and advertising techniques used in political campaigns. In this elections lesson, 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.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 22 Downloads
The Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
Students consider the historic implications of Barack Obama's election. In this election of 2008 instructional activity, students research Obama's accomplishments and determine how his election signifies the success of the American Civil Rights Movement.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 11 Downloads
Money in Elections:What is it Doing to America?
Students investigate the role of money in American elections. In this current events lesson plan, students read and discuss articles that address money and political campaigns. Students may conduct further research on the topics presented in 2 suggested inquiry projects.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 50 Downloads
Abraham Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of the American Union and Slavery
High schoolers 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 13 Views 24 Downloads
Dollars and Votes: 2012 Election
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.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 14 Views 152 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Bush Re-Election Campaign Revisited
Pupils examine the direct role played by George W. Bush in the 2004 election campaign. They compare these campaign conditions and tactics with those in the 1992 presidential election, and present information in the form of a Powerpoint slideshow.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Analysis of a Historic Presidential Election
Students research the 2000 presidential elections. They explain why the presidential winner was initially too close to call, discuss how the winner was determined and predict how the 2000 election might change the process of electing a president.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 19 Downloads
Understanding the Election of 1800 and the Twelfth Amendment
Eleventh graders examine the election of 1800. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders summarize the events that made the election controversial. Students advocate for a candidate during a short role playing session.
11th Social Studies & History 6 Views 18 Downloads
CongressLink Lesson Plan: Using Political Propaganda During Elections
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 21 Downloads
The California Recall Election
Students identify facts about the structure of the California recall election. They research the history of recall elections throughout the United States. They analyze the positives and negatives of a governor recall election.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 5 Downloads
Evaluating Media Sources
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.
9th - 10th All 7 Views 29 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Eighth graders explore the impact of exercising voting rights. In this election activity, 8th graders research the importance of voting and use technology tools to share their findings about national, state, and local election campaigns.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 26 Downloads