United States presidential election, 2016

Lesson Plan Topic: 2016 Election

United States presidential election, 2016

Lesson Plan Topic: 2016 Election.

Objective: Students will research presidential candidates and their policies; Students will be able to identify where each candidate stands on certain issues; Students will present findings in a mock campaign to the class.

Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.7; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.8; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1.b; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2.d; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.8

**Standards retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org

Preface/Teacher Notes: With only days to go until the 2016 presidential election, it is safe to say that this race has been one for the record books. Controversy, hot topics, and intense debates around the country, being an informed voter has never been more important. Have your students get in on the action and design/promote their own last minute presidential campaign! There are still a ton of undecided voters out there and your campaign could make the difference! (*Students should be reminded that this activity is for research purposes and that they are merely asked to ‘’work’’ for one of the presidential campaigns in an unbiased, respectful manner. Teachers should assign students to certain campaigns as they see fit).

***All lesson resources are available in the 2016 Presidential Election Collection.

Step 1: Have students browse both of the presidential candidate’s official websites. Students will use their candidate’s official website to get a foundation of what platforms that candidate is running on in order to strengthen their position.. Students will research the opposing candidate’s platforms as well in order to prepare to sway individuals who were considering voting for the opposing candidate but are still undecided.

Step 2: Students will research the analysis/fact checking of all three presidential debates identify points of strength for their candidate as well as areas of perceived weakness in the opposing candidate.

Step 3: Students will use the interactive election map to get a forecast of where their candidate stands in each state and see how winning/losing different states could impact the race.

Step 4: Students will browse some current news articles about each candidate in order to deepen their understanding of where the race stands currently, hot topics, positions that have been taken, and what has monopolized the news.

Step 5 (Tying it all together): Students will create their own campaign based off of their research. In their campaign, they will answer the following questions:

  1. What are the main issues that their candidate is basing their campaign on?
  2. What have been the biggest issues that their candidate has had to defend?
  3. What are the main issues that their opponent is basing their campaign on?
  4. What have been the biggest issues that their candidate has had to defend?
  5. What is each candidate’s current slogan? Would students change their candidate’s slogan?
  6. What are the biggest elements students will use to try and sway undecided voters?

Students can choose the following mediums to create the campaign for undecided voters:

  1. Commercial using iMovie/Windows Movie Maker (or similar software)
  2. Poster detailing key points
  3. Radio advertisement
  4. Brochure