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Who Should I Vote For in 2016? Inquiry Based and Student Driven Lesson(s)

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Inquiry Lesson: Who Should I Vote For in 2016?
This lesson, depending on the time you have, could take 1-3 lessons to complete. Students will first figure out their own beliefs and focus on a few rather than focusing on all the issues. This gets the students knowing their own beliefs before looking at political parties and candidates. Students work through their beliefs, then, they build to how their beliefs align to a political party. They write a short paragraph with evidence to support what political party best aligns to the issues that are most important to them. Then, students will take a political survey at to see where their overall beliefs align to a party. Once they have worked through this activity, then next is to see how their beliefs align with a candidate through looking at a crosswalk of all 4 candidates for the 2016 election. Once they have looked at how the candidates align to their issues, students suggest who they would vote for in the 2016 election while using evidence from their experience. This activity could be extended by also looking at other candidates from your local elections and how they stack up. Students could research how a local candidate stands on their issues.
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