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).
ACTIVITY 2 –Felon Voting
The students will write a letter to a state legislator making an argument for or against felon voting. They will discuss whether felons should be able to vote, would allowing or denying such voting violate the Constitution, and should an incarcerated inmate be able to vote or should former felon’s voting rights be automatically restored after serving time?
ACTIVITY 3 –Am I a Democrat or a Republican?
The students will take the quiz “Am I a Democrat or a Republican” (see Appendix J). They will then fill out a voters registration form to be a member of the appropriate party to submit when they are of voting age.
- Democratic Party Chairman Ron Brown Discusses Democratic Party Goals (NBC Learn)
- Barak Obama Discusses Direction of His Campaign (NBC Learn)
- George W. Bush accepts the nomination as the republican candidate (YouTube)
- Democratic and Republican Parties Feud about Campaign Spending Laws (NBC Learn)
- Buchanan Explains Why He Left Republican Party (NBC Learn)
- Political Parties (YouTube)
- Reviewing Political Parties and Campaigns (YouTube)
ACTIVITY 4 –
- SS 912 C 2 16 Analyze trends in voter turnout
The students will survey people eighteen years of age and gather findings. Survey questions should include: did you vote, why or why not, do you think voting is important, do you think your vote can make a difference.
- Harvard Institute of Politics Director Discusses Young Voters 2004 (NBC Learn)
- P. Diddy Launches Campaign to Turn Out Young and Minority Voters 2004 (NBC Learn)
- Will Young Voters Make a Difference? 2008 (NBC Learn)
- Young Voters Take Politics Online 2008 (NBC Learn)
- Young Voters in the 2000 Presidential Election 2000 (NBC Learn)