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Perfect for incorporating the 2018 mid-term election into your classroom!
Challenge your American Government / Civics students to become informed voters for each year's upcoming election. Guide them through researching political party platforms as well as the candidates running for office on your current ballot in this inquiry-driven, primary source-based PBL unit.
By the end of this unit, your students will be able to:
- Annotate and analyze news media sources and official party and candidate publications
- Work collaboratively to understand ballot issues and make decisions
- Make thoughtful and reasoned decisions after exploring multiple candidates
Highly-scaffolded and critical thinking and source skill building, this unit is perfect leading up to the November election!
Culminate learning with:
- Mock Election, by guiding students through careful, balanced research to arrive at educated decisions, preparing them to become real-life voters as adults.
Greatness is participating as an informed member of one’s representative democracy.
Nothing is more real, more current, or more urgent than preparing your students to be citizens in the current election, regardless if they are 18 or not, regardless if it is a big election year or not.
Multiple studies have proven that when teenagers participate in voting, even a mock election, they are more likely to vote as adults; additionally, their parents have a higher voter turnout in that year's election. Be the cause of this highest form of civic engagement!
This year, let’s leave the way-out-of-date government textbook behind and take students straight to the real world to analyze and differentiate among popular U.S. political parties and various candidates running for office on your ballot, culminating in a mock election.
Included in this mini unit:
- Unit-At-A-Glance sheet and 3 pages of detailed daily lesson plans for you
- Conceptual note-taking sheet for your students
5 Main Activities
- Political Party Preamble: analyze and annotate the unnamed preambles for the parties’ core values then guess which party to which they belong (5 parties included: Constitution, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, Republican)
- 2016 Platforms: become an issues expert by researching each parties’ goals and stances create an interactive poster to teach classmates (updated free for life as new platforms are issued!) then
- Voter Issues Graphs: work collaboratively to analyze the top issues on voter’s minds by exploring Pew Research Center data
- Candidate Research: dive into the current races of your local ballot and research the various candidates running for election (materials generic to work with any election!)
- Mock Election: create an effective election and compare with real election returns
This mini unit is universal for any election in any year and will always be updated with the latest party platforms (released every presidential election year).
Note to Homeschoolers
Though the included teacher lesson plans are written to fully support a traditional classroom teacher, this resource is also a great fit for your teenage homeschooler:
- the inquiry, thematic structure of this unit is driven more by critical thinking, reading, and writing skills and a central high-interest question than any one set of state-specific, grade-specific content standards
- a wide age and ability range can easily access the rich variety of sources utilized in this unit, making it perfect for a multi-grade group
- your student’s voice is central to each activity, through talking out their learning, maximizing the one-on-one
- activities can be completed independently and aren’t solely reliant on group or whole-class work
- all utilized sources are free and easily obtainable; either included or accessible online (links provided)
- this unit is independent of a textbook, though one could be used for greater background knowledge
- any activity can easily be left out to customize for your student’s skill level or personal interest
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