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Social Studies Curriculum: Students will understand the structure and operation of the Electoral College and will know that sometimes it is not an absolute indicator of the popular will. They will also understand the importance of swing states to political campaigns and will track the efforts of presidential candidates to win the support of swing state voters. Language Arts Curriculum: Students will evaluate the effectiveness of the language used by the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain and the "527" committees (special interest groups that are created mainly to influence elections) in targeted "media buys" for various "swing states," or states that are considered to be "in play" in the 2008 presidential election.
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