Brainstorm ways to raise support for members of a political party and their platform and create slogans, songs and speeches. Map campaign stops on a “whistle stop” tour, estimate arrival and departure times and distance between stops, and then validate the estimations.
Examine and practice the art of political cartoon-making by focusing on how and why cartoons are so effective in making a political point. Students explore the role of political cartoons in New York City in the 1870s and today.
Learn about politics from “grassroots” to a national convention through the creation of a new political party and the development of the convention’s national platform.
Make a class book about what your students’ priorities and actions would be if they were president.
Introduce students to budgets, expenses and savings; learn about government services and basic expenses; and create pie charts representing government spending priorities.
Develop five first-person diary entries exploring a typical day in the life of the President as well as the duties and privileges of the presidency.
Explore the relationship between congressional representation and state population by graphing current statistics and taking a historical look at the Constitution.
Research historical information about U.S. presidents, redesign U.S. paper currency to recognize six U.S. presidents and describe their significant accomplishments, and take a poll to see which past president is most popular.
Identify the legal requirements, previous experiences, and personality traits that equip someone to be a successful president. Write a job description and newspaper article to advertise the job. Evaluate how selected past presidents measure up to the criteria generated by students.
Examine the history of voting rights in America, explore the current-day problem of low voter turnout, and create community surveys to pinpoint causes of low voter turnout and propose solutions to increase vote participation.
Learn about the important public services that government provides, and by extension, the importance of voting in local, state and federal elections. Create a public awareness campaign to encourage adults in your community to vote.
Hit a fictitious campaign trail to check out historic and unusual campaign memorabilia from American presidential campaigns, and explore a dossier of little-known "presidential secrets."
Explore the job requirements for the U.S. Presidency, identify the different people the President might meet with in an average day and experience the President's typical agenda with this online interactive activity.
Consider why it is important to vote, examine times in U.S. election history when one vote made a difference in an election's outcome, learn several historical facts about voting and vote in a mock issues survey.
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