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August 10, 2016

Fun facts about Clinton and Trump – Lesson Plan

Much of the media’s coverage of presidential candidates typically focuses on either the candidates’ policy stances or image. In addition to the issues, it’s fun to know some interesting facts about each candidate. Brush up on your knowledge of where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on the issues and learn some lesser-known trivia about them with this lesson plan.


Subjects

Social studies, history, government

Estimated Time

1-2 50 minute classes

Grade Level

7-12

Activities: 

  1. Get to know where the presidential candidates stand on the important issues with these PBS NewsHour ‘What the presidential candidates believe’ articles. Click here for Donald Trump and here for Hillary Clinton.
  2. For each candidate, write down the three policy stances that you find most important. What policies do you think the 45th president should prioritize? Explain your response.
    1. For example, one student may believe that Donald Trump’s stances on healthcare and taxes are most important for the future of the country; another student may believe Hillary Clinton’s stances on immigration and education are most important.
  3. With a small group of students, discuss which candidate’s views most closely align with your own. Cite specific policy stances. Were you surprised by any candidate’s views? Explain.
  4. Read the fun facts about each candidate found below. Click HERE to play an interactive Gravity game on Quizlet to test your knowledge of candidate trivia. No account or registration is needed to play. Hit “Get Started.” Ensure that the game is set to start with “Term” and then hit “Start Game.” Type either “Donald Trump” or “Hillary Clinton” before the asteroid hits! 

Donald Trump:

  • Trump is germophobic and dislikes shaking hands.
  • He was the original owner of the New Jersey Generals football team in 1983 before the league folded a couple of years later.
  • His campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” is very similar to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign slogan, “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Trump applied to trademark the slogan almost immediately after the beginning of Obama’s second term.
  • Trump owns 15 golf courses located in the United States and around the world.
  • He hosted the reality TV show The Apprentice for 14 seasons and stopped in 2015 because of his presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton:

  • As a young child, Clinton wrote a letter to NASA inquiring about how she could become an astronaut. NASA wrote back and said that girls could not be astronauts.
  • Clinton was an active Republican as a young adult and campaigned for Barry Goldwater in high school. However, she soon left the Republican Party due to the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and her tenure at Wellesley College.
  • She carries hot sauce in her purse.
  • During the summer of 1969, she worked briefly in an Alaska processing plant gutting and canning salmon.
  • Clinton’s daughter Chelsea has two children making Hillary Clinton a grandmother.
  • Traveled to 112 countries as Secretary of State, the most of any secretary in U.S. history at the time Clinton served.

Extension Activities:

In a small group, discuss the following questions: Does media coverage of presidential candidates make them appear distant from the general population? Why or why not? Is this a negative or positive thing? Does learning humanizing fun facts about candidates influence your vote? Why?

Take this ISideWith.com quiz to assess your views on the issues. What candidate did you most closely align with? Does this candidate differ from the one that you identified in the previous activity? Discuss.


Amanda Wilcox is a graduating senior at T.C. Williams High School. She will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall.

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      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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