President's Day Comprehension & Writing Activity: Hail to the Chief

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6th - 12th, Homeschool
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This project is a great way to engage students in a presidential campaign, an inauguration, or to celebrate President's Day in February. For this project, each student chooses a character from a novel to run for President of the United States. This character can be from a book they read in class or from their independent reading. All information that the students include must reveal the author's presentation of this character as well as the student's analysis and interpretation of the person. Students will create a whole campaign for this character.
The requirements to be covered are detailed on the first page of this handout.
Final Project Format:
Students choose one of three options: a PowerPoint presentation, a webpage presentation or a Poster Board presentation.
1. All of the facets of Bloom's Taxonomy: comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and knowledge are addressed.
2. This activity focuses on the following Common Core Standards for Literature:
R 1, 2, 5, 8 W 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9 SL 1, 4, 5 L 1, 2, 3, 5

The project should take a month to finish as a good deal of writing is required. Teachers can alter these requirements to fit their time frame and their students’ skills and abilities. Students may start it in class and complete it for homework. If teachers want to spend a shorter time on this project (1-2 weeks depending on class time/homework time allotted for completion), they can divide the students into groups of 3-4. Each group will decide on a character to run for President and will divide up the required work into equal parts.

If time permits, a final Speaking and Listening activity could be a debate between two characters with the most opposing views. For projects done individually, each student whose character is chosen can present his/her material and argue the issues. If either character chosen was a result of a group project, the members of the group can decide who presents which material. In this case, each student should have equal time.

Which character will each of
your students choose
to be the next
President of the United States?

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