With the 2016 Presidential Election season in high gear, it is a key real-world event to bring into the classroom. While many current students cannot vote in this elections, they will be eligible to vote in the next election (2020). Now is the time to teach their generation the importance of voting and how to understand the issues America is facing. Even though the election will come and go in November, many of the items in this unit can be used past the election! Research and debate are timeless.
Through this unit, students debate, research, and write. The unit is broken into five parts:
-Lesson One - Introduction: Students are given an overview of the candidates through their commercials, and the teacher introduces the unit and the importance of voting in America.
-Lesson Two - Election Process: Before learning about the candidates, students will learn about the election process and voting.
-Lesson Three - The Issues: The biggest part of selecting a president is knowing where he/she stands on the issues. Voters must first understand the issues America faces. Students complete fishbowl style debates to become familiar with the issues.
-Lesson Four - The Candidates: After voters having a solid understanding of the issues America is facing today and how these issues have developed over time, they need to know the stance each candidate takes on each issue. Students study the candidates’ platforms and their voting histories.
-Lesson Five - Your Vote: While it may be impossible to find a candidate you agree with 100%, you must find decide which candidate you agree with the most out of the options you have. Students write a formal paper explaining who would have their support if they could vote in the 2016 election.
This unit includes:
-Instructions for each lesson
-Links to outside Caption Videos/Webquests/Resources
-Debate Viewer Rubric/Checklist
-Research Paper Graphic Organizer
-Peer Editing Form
-Research Paper Rubric