17 separate worksheets in 6 formats introduce 51 issues at stake in the 2016 election. Give your students a working vocabulary to help them understand, consider, and discuss the issues that matter as America chooses its 45th president.
To keep students of different abilities engaged, successful, and challenged with the same content, the puzzles and activities review these issues in a variety of formats:
• Word Search (3 levels of difficulty)
• Word Scramble
• Themed Spelling Sheet
• Word Shapes
• Themed Handwriting Practice
• Alphabetical Order
This set of worksheets is ready-to-print, ready-to-distribute, and ready-to-mark -- and includes all answer keys. Simply download the PDF, select the activities you want for a given class or group of students, print off those sheets, hand them out, and you are done!
NOTE: For higher level work, see my "Election 2016: Essay Prompts, Project Leads, and Discussion Starters."
63 query-based discussion prompts in 10 areas (Crime and Justice, Social Issues, Foreign Policy, Science and the Environment, Economy and Taxes, Military and the War on Terror, Immigration, Elections, Gun Control/Second Amendment, and Health Care, Abortion, and End-of Life Issues).
Help your students grapple with thorniest issues of the election (and American society) in 2016. Use these question prompts to initiate discussion, essays, or research projects. Help produce engaged, aware, and politically active young people.
While many of the following questions may evoke a visceral "yes/no" response from the students, encourage them to purse the matters further and develop a more informed and nuanced stance by asking such critical-thinking questions as the following:
• "In/under what circumstances?"
• "With what exceptions?"
• "What are the precedents?"
• "What are the likely consequences?"
• "What evidence is there supporting my assertions?"
• "What are the sources of this evidence?"
• "How valid are they?"
• "Are they slanted?"
• "If so, how does that affect the significance and presentation of the evidence?"
The prompt questions included in this unit do not address all the issues facing the United States today, but they provide many solid starting points for discussion, engagement, and critical thinking.
They also help move the conversation about this election away from personalities and ad hominem attacks back onto the critical issues facing the nation.