The 2016 Presidential Election is a month away! Use this unit plan as an interdisciplinary unit to teach students how to use quality resources to research issues in social studies; then, use Language Arts time to write a research paper addressing meaningful issues that are relative to their lives. Some students may be able to vote next month, while others might vote in the next presidential election in 2020. Voting is a civic responsibility, and we must teach students how to look objectively at the candidates who will make important decisions on our behalf.
Students will research issues that concern them and compile their research in a formal, academic essay as a result of the lessons included within this unit. The unit plan is complete with pre-assessment and post-assessment rubrics, source cards, election "talk," and individual lessons to guide students through writing an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph and is adaptable for grades 8-12. A works cited page along with in-text citations allow students to give proper credit to their sources all the while learning about the next President of the United States of America.