THE CHOICE 2008
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About the Film
The Choice 2008 is a two-hour examination of the rich personal and political biographies of John McCain and Barack Obama that goes behind the headlines to discover how they arrived at this moment and what their very different candidacies say about America.
Watching the Film
Ideally, teachers will assign the film for viewing as homework or show the film in class. Suggested discussion questions are provided. The lessons and activities in this guide can be used in the classroom regardless of whether or not the film is viewed.
A Note to Teachers
The Choice 2008 is a comprehensive FRONTLINE biography studying the character, experience and worldviews of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama. These teaching activities are designed to help students become more familiar with the candidates in the 2008 presidential contest and to explore the political cultures that shaped their careers and that support their candidacies.
For classes in Social Studies, Language Arts, Current Events and History; grade level 9-12.
Questions for students to discuss after viewing The Choice 2008.
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Public Financing of Campaigns
The Vice Presidency
Purchasing the Film:
This teacher's guide was developed by Simone Bloom Nathan of Media Education Consultants. It was written by Dr. Sharon E. Jarvis of the University of Texas at Austin and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation. Advisers were Greg Timmons, curriculum writer and educational consultant; Ellen Greenblatt, The Bay School, San Francisco; and Debra Plafker Gutt, Stuyvesant High School, New York.
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