Student Symposium and Resulting Action

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Your class may not be able to vote yet, but that doesn't mean they can't feel like they're part of the presidential election! The resource creates a symposium where pupils debate about a selected topic in current events during an election process. After they conduct the debate, they brainstorm ways to aid in the campaign of their selected parties or individuals. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend learning by assigning learners to fill out a daily journal detailing the progression of their outreach plans
  • You can use the resource in a year different from the presidential election by using a senate or local election
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access and strong research skills
  • The symposium may take much longer than recommended depending on your individual classroom and their ideas for outreach
Pros

  • Includes a note-taking handout
  • Activity is very engaging and helps learners feel directly involved in the presidential election process
Cons

  • Does not provide many materials to help create the symposium