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Subject: Literacy Standards (6-12) (6 - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: I'm going to be President!
Description: Students will be able to analyze the steps and apply the process of a presidential campaign.  They will design a Party Platform, Speeches, and Commercials around todays issues, and using appropriate propaganda techniques.  They will have an applicable knowledge of the purpose of political parties, and the role played in a presidential campaign. This lesson is designed for a seventh grade civics class, but can be modified for a twelfth grade government class.  


Subject: Literacy Standards (6-12) (11 - 12), or Social Studies (12)
Title: Choosing a President:  The Role of Television Commercials in the Race for President
Description: Students will examine the website "The Living Room Candidate" giving particular attention to the major candidates in the most recent presidential election. After examining commercials used in the previous election, students will write a script, collaboratively,  for a commercial that could be used by their "ideal" candidate.


Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: So You Want to Be President? Let's Elect a President:  A Classroom Election Wiki Project
Description: This project-based learning project extends classroom learning with a variety of multimedia tools to conduct an engaging election campaign for the Presidency. Students form political parties, write a platform, and conduct a campaign for the Presidency. Party platforms are presented to the class and embedded on a election wiki where each party has its own campaign page for their candidate. Parties use a variety of web tools to conduct the multimedia online campaign and create their candidate's web page. The project concludes with the election of one of the candidates.    


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Archives and Records Administration      Add Bookmark
Description: NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Resources      Add Bookmark
Description: A list of the presidents, a time line of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents as well as a bibliography and web sites related to the presidency are the resources included in the online exhibition entitled The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Voting: The Acme of Reform      Add Bookmark
Description: Paper balloting easily led to fraud. The reform of voting methods during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is the focus of this section of the online exhibition entitled Vote: The Machinery of Democracy , from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. As the electorate of the United States increased due to immigration and as women claimed their right to vote, the need for better and more secure ballots became necessary. Students will examine objects, images, and historical media that illustrate the need for more honest and secure voting procedures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Harpweek: Explore History      Add Bookmark
Description: HarpWeek provides electronic access to Harper's Weekly, the illustrated 19th-century Journal of Civilization from 1857-1912. Find primary sources with articles, editorials, news stories, biographies, literature, and even advertisements, that shaped and reflected public opinion in this era.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The First American Party System: U.S. Political Parties -- The Principle of Legitimate Opposition      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore critical factors leading to the development of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties. They reflect on the essential elements of an organized political party.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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