Election Debate Assignment

Election Debate Assignment
Election Debate Assignment
Election Debate Assignment
Election Debate Assignment
Election Debate Assignment
Election Debate Assignment
Election Debate Assignment
Election Debate Assignment
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Looking to cover the upcoming election but don't know where to start? This is your one stop shop! Print and go! Document is ready to use.

This assignment has each student in your classroom choose a candidate running for office, research that candidate, and then present their findings in class. After both or all candidates have presented their case, the class will vote (I recommend using a Google Form). This is a great opportunity for students to debate back and forth as well as practice their oral language speaking skills.

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Choose a candidate and research him/her.  Then, prepare an oral presentation to argue your case for him/her.  Why should this person be elected? Why should the opposing candidate(s) not be elected? Then, you will present your research to the class and we will hold our own election!  Will your candidate win?

  • Create a Google Slides visual aid for your presentation. It should include a combination of images and text with titles on each slide. Submit to Google Classroom.

Directions: Fill out the following information as you research your candidate. Answer as many questions below as possible to guide your research.


  • Where did the candidate grow up?
  • Educational Background?
  • Family?
  • Former positions?
  • Other careers?
  • Qualifications?
  • Mission Statement? Quotes?


  • What school appropriate issues are important to your candidate? Why?(Sample issues: Taxes, education, family, environment, immigration, homelessness, etc.)
  • How does your candidate feel towards these issues? Why?


  • Who endorses (if anyone) your candidate? Identify their role.

The Opposition:

  • Who(m) is running against your candidate?
  • How is your candidate better?
  • Why should people vote for your candidate?


  • List your sources (Must use at least 3 or more)
  • Did you use any mailer/online/video political ads?

Websites: (Voters Edge is a great resource)

Political Ads:

Positions Included In This Assignment (easily swappable):

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • City Council
  • US Representative
  • State Assembly
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Mayor
  • Sheriff-Coroner
  • Secretary of State
  • US Senator
  • District Attorney-Public Administrator

Grading Rubric Included

Purchased document is a Word doc that includes a link to a Google doc. Google Drive and Google Classroom ready!

Part of my US History Variety Pack.

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