ACTIVITY 1 – Scoring the Debate
As a whole group, while watching the 2012 presidential debate or a previous debate, students will use the scoring card (see Appendix E) to determine which candidate did a better job. To score your debate scoring card, use the “How to grade the debate” form (see Appendix E).
- Bentsen-Quayle Vice Presidential Debate 1988 (NBC Learn)
- Republican Presidential Debate in Florida (Full Broadcast) 2012 (NBC Learn)
- McCain and Obama Debate Pakistan 2008 (NBC Learn)
- GOP Presidential Debate in New Hampshire 2012 (NBC Learn)
- YouTube 2012 Debate’s channel (YouTube)
ACTIVITY 2 – Voting Age [FCAT: Writes]
The students will write a persuasive essay on the topic of whether the voting age should be decreased, increased, or kept the same.
If change is recommended, either increased or decreased, the student should indicate the age they recommend and include supporting details for their argument.
ACTIVITY 3 – E-Voting
The students will, working in small groups, discuss the topic of E- voting (electronic voting). Is this the wave of the future? Would it discriminate against those who do not have computers? Would it increase voter participation or be susceptible to fraud?
Each group will prepare a mock bill to introduce to Congress on the topic and share with the class.
ACTIVITY 4 – Presidential Requirements
The students will, in pairs or small groups, discuss the requirements for being eligible to be president of the United States (see Appendix H) and if they agree or disagree with those requirements.
They will then write a essay on what they feel the requirements should be; if different from the actual requirements, the student is to indicate what they would change and why. If they feel they should stay the same, then they are to write about why they feel this way.