To simulate a presidential election campaign, focusing on the activities and strategies a candidate might use to win votes.
1 class period
This lesson includes a fun activity where students pretend to be a candidate running for President. Only 10 days are left before the election. Public opinion polls show that the candidate and their opponent are involved in a very close race. Therefore, it is important to carefully plan the remainder of their campaign. Class members complete the activity by writing the details of these plans on a daily schedule, which includes a morning, afternoon, and evening portion for each of the last 10 days of their campaign. More specific directions, along with a list of suggested campaign activities, is provided for students to help them fill in their campaign schedules. When making their plans, the students should use a map in the textbook that shows states and cities. Also, the class members need to know which states have large numbers of electoral votes.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions included.