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May 25, 2016

Who said it? Presidential candidates’ quotes activity

Start your class off with this fun election activity!

Using PBS’ Election Central interactive map, students can test their knowledge of candidates’ policy stances by matching quotes with the candidate who they think said it.


Social studies, history, government

Estimated Time

15 minutes

Grade Level



  1. Students will read through quotes by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump to familiarize themselves with each candidate’s views on the issues by visiting PBS Election Central’s WEBSITE.
    1. Click on the “Candidates & Issues” box at the bottom right side of the map. Then click on the candidate’s names to view their quotes on popular issues.
  2. Go to the Quizlet link to play the Scatter Game HEREBe sure to click on “Scatter Game” at the top right of the page.
    1. Students can race against each other to see who can match the quotes the fastest.

Extension Activities

  • For a breakdown on where these candidates stand on hotly debated issues, check out the following articles from PBS NewsHour:


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  • Standards

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    Relevant National Standards:
      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.8 Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.

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