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Analyzing Presidential Campaign Propaganda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Campaign propaganda has evolved from 1952 through the presidential election of 2008. A social studies activity prompts class members to analyze the devices used in ads and political cartoons, noting strategies they believe would work to...
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Evaluating Information: Focus on the 2008 Election

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Just how true is the information contained in political ads? Determining the veracity of campaign ads from the 2008 presidential race is the focus of a lesson that introduces class members to several fact-checking resources.
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Vote!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils engage in a mock election to determine the lunch menu for their schools. The lesson simulates an election and gives academics an opportunity to create a campaign, as well as participate in the voting process. The role-play...
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What Makes an Effective Ad?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As an introduction to a series of related resources that examine political advertising and commercials from 1952-2012, class members use the provided rubric to analyze and rate the effectiveness of the emotion, persuasion, factual...
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How will COVID-19 Impact Campaign Strategies in 2020?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
While COVID-19 has changed almost everything about daily life, it's also had a tremendous impact on the 2020 presidential contest. Using video clips featuring political advisors from both sides of the aisle, learners brainstorm what they...
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Selling the Candidates

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As part of a unit designed to help learners develop the skills they need to become informed citizens, class members analyze campaign ads to identify the techniques used to influence voters.
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Political Forum Viewing Guide

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is there a way to determine a winner of a political debate? Use a helpful rubric to evaluate the issues, specificity, evidence, reasoning, and delivery of candidates in a debate. After assessing each person's performance, high schoolers...
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Propaganda, Spin and Soundbite Politics

For Students 8th - 12th
It's all about the spin! In an introduction to propaganda techniques and soundbite politics, scholars first learn about common propaganda techniques before seeing them in action in the context of the 2016 election cycle. Activities...
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Political Parties and Conventions

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The two major parties polarize many in America today, but it doesn't have to be that way in the classroom! Teach learners about political party platforms and modern campaigns with a mock political convention. After watching a PowerPoint...
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Primary Source Worksheet: Text of “Prouder, Stronger, Better"

For Students 8th - 11th
Political ads as primary source documents? But of course. Viewers analyze the strategies involved in the Republican Party's 1984 advertisement in support of Ronald Reagan's reelection. 
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Urban Politics: Machines and Reformers

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
What were political machines and whom did they serve? As part of a study of US immigration patterns and how these patterns influenced politics, groups investigate how Tammany Hall and other political machines gained support from voters.
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Citizens United vs. FEC

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Viewers investigate the case of Citizens United vs. FEC and how some donations changed the game of advertising during a campaign. They examine just how much money some spend in politics to support a candidate during the election process. 
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Campaign Cash: Money Talks!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Money talks! And it can reveal a lot about political candidates. An 11-slide presentation examines how candidates raise and spend money on an election. The slides, using data from the 2016 Presidential election, reveal how much it costs...
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Debates

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do the presidential debates of 2016 compare to the debates from the 1980's? What about the 1960's? Evaluate a chosen candidate or issue from the 20th and 21st centuries with a lesson plan focused on political debates. Middle and high...
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Election of 1864

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An interesting lesson plan uses a hands-on-activity and group discussion to explore the 1864 presidential election and Lincoln's plans for ending the Civil War. Designed for high school, the resource also requires historians to...
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Meta-Study: Political Brains

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Are there differences in the brains of liberals and conservatives? That is the question young political scientists are challenged to answer. Class members examine studies, consider how the results are presented, and how the studies were...
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Campaign Coverage Map and Campaign Strategy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A candidate's campaigning history can reveal a lot about his or her election strategy. Analyze the way that the 2016 presidential candidates traveled through the United States during their campaigns with an interactive map. High...
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Campaign Endorsement Project

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
So many politicians, so many endorsements! Learn to differentiate between facts as well as the process of endorsements with an informative resource. Class members watch current endorsement videos, research candidates from three different...
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Get out the Vote Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
While some of your students may be too young to vote, they can get involved in the election process by creating a nonpartisan campaign encouraging voter registration. After researching how to register to vote, class members design PSAs,...
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What Makes a Good Campaign Ad?- Advertisement Analysis

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
In the time of a hotly contested presidential election, campaign ads are almost ubiquitous—but what makes them good? Using ads from the 2018 midterm elections, learners consider the various strategies candidates use to get the vote....
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Student Symposium and Resulting Action

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your class may not be able to vote yet, but that doesn't mean they can't feel like they're part of the presidential election! The resource creates a symposium where pupils debate about a selected topic in current events during an...
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Campaign Photo Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's the art of the image!  As part of a study of the 2020 Presidential race, groups analyze an image of a candidate, first from an objective point of view and then subjectively. They then prepare a presentation detailing what they...
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Symbols of Democracy

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Middle schoolers investigate the two major US political parties, their symbols, their history, and their leaders. The project begins with group readings of several articles, progresses to researching a particular party or important...
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Rhetorical Devices in Political Speeches

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Have you ever watched a political speech and felt your heart beat a little faster, and your opinion either solidify or begin to slightly change? Rhetorical devices can be a strong tool in an effective and powerful speech. A short lesson...

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