This project is a favorite each year. Students are given the opportunity to create candidates and launch an in-class presidential campaign, complete with posters, websites, news articles, commercials and debate.
After giving students the project, I usually show the Discovery Education Streaming video called "Campaign Essentials: The Unraveling of a Candidate". The video is approximately 45 minutes long.
I budget the time throughout the week--posters due this day, commercials will be viewed this day, etc.
This project usually takes 2 weeks total.
4/23/15: I made some revisions to this project, adding a student campaign website. The original assignment is included as well.