This lesson teaches students about qualifications, debates, issue-based platforms & advertisements for running for political office. Students will learn about what voters look for when choosing a candidate. This includes previous qualifications such as holding a similar political office, education, and any experience that will speak to voters. Students will also be introduced to "issue-based platforms" and will notice some differences between the Republican and Democrat's platforms. Students will also learn about political bias, and political advertising techniques. Finally students will look at Political PACs and Super-PACS as they fund political campaigns with a focus on calls for campaign-finance reform. Finally students will look at checks on presidential powers from Congress to help them understand the concept of checks and balances
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Mr. Raymond’s Civics E.O.C. Academy was designed for students taking the Florida Civics End-of-Course (EOC) Exam. However, as many states are implementing Civics Exams, these videos will work for all students of Civics, US Government, and US History. Currently students have to pass a civics state exam in order to graduate in Idaho, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah – as well as state social studies tests such as Texas’ STAAR exam, as well as Virginia’s Civics SOL exam. These videos look at all of the civics benchmarks that will be tested on most state civics exams.