In this packet you will have (1) Speech outline (2) ballot template (3) Book reflection log. The book election is a great way to introduce to your students the election process. I have done this for several years and have adapted it to my current grade this year. In some areas, you will see a ______, that is for you to add your grade.
What you do:
1. Each teacher in your grade level will choose a picture book of their choice (grade level appropriate).
2. On your teams start date, each teacher reads his/her book of choice. The students writes their reflection on his/her log. At the end of the day, switch books with another teacher from your team and repeat. Your goal is to read all the books that are running in your book election.
3. After all books have been read, students will participate in a "primary election". In our school we have common areas that we are using to setup a mock election. Students are using their student ID badges for the identification.
4. After the two book candidates have been choosen, students will create a speech/expository on why their book is the best. As a class, share and pick two of the best speeches (one for each book).
5. As a grade level, come together and conduct a mock debate or just share speeches, encouraging the students to vote for a participular book.
6. General Election Day - students will vote for their favorite book.
7. At the end of the day - count the ballots and announce the winner.
** You can do this just in your class as well.
** This activity is great for any age. You may need to vary the book levels.
** You can become as creative as you want...ballot box, way you setup, stickers, etc....
** Go to your local prestinct and ask for voter stickers on the day of election OR go to any store and buy sticker templates, creating "Voted" stickers.
by Heather Watson
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