This is a great project to hold after you have gone over the Presidential and Congressional Units. Students will be in small groups of 4-5 and will put together an election campaign. They pick their candidate (you can put parameters around the type of candidate they can pick.) I had several students pick cartoons, celebrities, characters from books as well. As a class they will pick the four platform topics they will cover in the campaign. The students will complete the following: biography worksheet, campaign button, bumper sticker, platform speech and short 30 second commercial. They will then present to the class.
You can do this with multiple classes and have all the classes watch the videos and see the posters around the room. They can then vote for President and VP.
Feel free to make this lesson your own. The rubrics are just a basic guideline for the students to follow. You can choose to make a separate rubric for your grading purposes. You can also choose a different format for the campaign video. (if you do not like what is listed.)
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