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This lesson teaches students about campaigns and elections in the United States. It uses examples from previous campaigns and has the students creating an original campaign
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2011-06-29.
I like the idea of study poltical campaign websites, and getting to know politicians. This gives studetns the opportunity to get to know a politicians, but to also give the opportunity to understand what the that politicians political beliefs are, and if the students will agree with the politicians. I also the like the idea of having students make a campaign website, and take part in the mock election. Gives the students and idea of how a campaign is run, and why some politicians say certain things in one state compared to another state. Really enjoy this lesson plan good job.
I liked your lesson plan, especially the activity description you provided for your students. It was very focused, giving the students an easy to follow list of expectations. I like how you incorporated a lot of details so that during the process of assembling the project the students will become familiar with the different aspects of a modern political campaign. In inclusion of the digital media aspect of the project will aid in their greater understanding of the role of various media in national campaigns. You had mentioned trying to incorporate different levels (national, state and local) of government into the lesson. I wonder how it would work if the groups had to use the political platform of the president and think about how it would play out for the different elections. For example if a presidential platform addressed the environment, how would it be handled differently at the different levels of government? The state level may focus on oil drilling occurring off its shore. Locally the issue may become focused on stream pollution.
Campaign Wars is such an appropriate title for this lesson. I would suggest that you focus more in Day 1 on reviewing concepts for more than 2 minutes, that way students can ask questions and you as the teacher can really drive home the important concepts of elections and campaigns. With that said I would start Day 2 with handing the rubric to the students as they walk in and have them look at that as a bell ringer. Explain all the rules and then place students in groups. I really like all of your resources and the Important Questions you will ask the students are strong as well. I really feel like the students will take away a lot of great information from this lesson. Great job!