We are deep into the election season, but how well do your students really know the candidates, the issues and the roles of the president? This bundle gives your students the opportunity to explore all of that in a student-centered, engaging and fun way!
The bundle includes the following activities and projects:
Introduction to the Election: Table of Contents & Student Opinions
The first handout is a Table of Contents page which students will keep in their binders. It will help them organize all of their election materials throughout September, October and the first week in November. The second handout lists all of the current issues that the candidates (all four of them) have been debating, discussing and writing about. Students will write a short opinion piece describing the issues that is most meaningful to them and what they would do to improve people's lives (as it pertains to that issue) if they became president. The third handout gives students the opportunity to answer several questions related to the roles and responsibilities of the president.
Executive Branch Task Cards
It's important for our students to understand the roles and responsibilities of the president. This class activity will make reading Article 2 (the Executive Branch) of the Constitution fun and interesting! All scavenger hunt questions are presented on colorful and visually appealing task cards. The activity includes 15 questions about the executive branch on task cards, a teacher answer key and a student recording sheet.
Introduction to the Executive Branch
Students know that a presidential election is quickly approaching, but how well do they know the ins and outs of the executive branch? This resource includes three pages of graphic organizers and three pages of answer keys. When students finish completing the graphic organizer, they'll have an in-depth understanding of the following topics: (1) eligibility requirements, (2) key dates, (3) term of office, (4) oath of office, (5) impeachment, (6) structure of the government, and(7) powers of the president.
Students will visit four websites in order to learn about the background and experience of Clinton, Trump, Stein and Johnson. Additionally, students will learn about the candidates' perspectives on various issues. Finally, students will cast their ballot and decide who they would vote for and explain why in a paragraph response. The activity includes the webquest, a writing prompt and a rubric.
Help Wanted Ad: President Needed
Students probably know who the candidates are, but do they know the roles and responsibilities of the president? After they research the duties of the president (by reading their textbook or Article 2 of the Constitution), students create a Help Wanted Ad to find qualified people to become the president. The project includes a brief introduction, eight requirements and a rubric.
Biography Poem of a Candidate
Students will use a combination of creativity and evidence to write a biography poem about a chosen presidential candidate. The activity includes an introduction and requirements, a template of 10 lines and a rubric.
Redesign the Dollar Bill to Represent a Candidate
Your students have been hired to redesign the dollar bill in order to reflect the life, goals and achievements of a chosen presidential candidate. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a chart to learn the significance and meanings of the phrases and images on the current U.S. dollar bill. The project includes a direction sheet with detailed requirements, a rubric, a two-page chart about the U.S. dollar bill and a teacher answer key.
Create a Book Jacket of a Candidate’s Biography
Students are going to design the book jacket of a chosen candidate’s biography. A book jacket includes the front cover, spine and back cover of the book. This is a project that gives your students the opportunity to be creative, but their writing must be based on evidence. The project includes an explanation, list of specific requirements and topics and a rubric.
Student Talk Show of the Candidates
Your students will work in groups of three to plan and present a talk show. The talk show that your students will create will include the host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and two guests who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. One student will represent the host and the two students will each choose to assume the role of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Your students will improve upon skills such as public speaking, collaboration, writing and research. The activity includes a brief introduction, a detailed explanation of the structure of the talk show, a rubric and a list of 12 sample host questions.
Cover Letter as a Presidential Candidate
Your students are going to assume the role of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. They will write a four-paragraph cover letter explaining their perspective of various issues. They need to convince the readers of the letter that they have the characteristics, skills and experience to become the president. The project includes an introduction, cover letter template and rubric.
The Presidential Candidates: Create a Movie Trailer, Scrapbook, Poem & Inauguration Speech
Your students can choose to create a movie trailer, scrapbook, inaugural address or illustrated epic poem to show off what they learned about a chosen presidential candidate. Each project choice comes with an introduction, a description of requirements and a rubric.
Presidential Debates Viewing Guide
This fall there will be three presidential debates that will occur on September 26, October 9 and October 19. This product includes two graphic organizers that will allow students to take notes in an organized way.
(From the Common Core)
☺ Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
☺Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
☺Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
☺Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
☺Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
☺Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
☺Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
☺Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
☺Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
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