On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Americans will head to the polls to elect a new President. The election is already swarming the news and becoming a hot topic of conversation. This activity was designed to help students understand the political issues that surround this election.
Students will gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the 2016 Presidential election. Students will better understand the opinions of the 2016 Presidential candidates.
Prepping the Activity:
Decide which issues you will address with your class. Some teachers may wish to discuss all fifteen issues with their class. Other teachers may discuss some issues, and skip over others. This will depend on your classroom goals and the abilities of your students.
Make copies of the student recording sheet. This is where students will keep track of their thoughts and opinions. There are spaces on the sheet for students to respond to all fifteen issues.
Implementing the Activity in Your Classroom:
Read statement A and statement B aloud. These statements align with the perspective of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Students will agree either with statement A or statement B. Students will mark their opinions down on their recording sheets.
Some students may choose a side very quickly, but most students will need more background information before making a decision. Read the information in the Discussion Points section. This section provides more information about each topic. This section also plays devil’s advocate and presents arguments for both sides of the issue. Remind students that these issues do not have simple solutions. There are many shades of gray on the spectrum of each issue. This is one of the reasons that politics can be so complicated!
Younger students may need a way to relate an abstract concept to their daily lives. The Student Application section allows students to access the same broad political principles, but in a way that makes each issue easier to understand.
At the end of the activity, ask students to tally up their votes! A student with more A’s will side more with Clinton. A student with more B’s identifies more with Trump.
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