ACTIVITY 1 – Scoring the Debate
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 – Why voting is important
The students will interview their classmates and family members on why they think voting is or isn’t important.
They will then graph (using either a pie chart or a bar graph) the results of their responses and share this information with the class.
- Authors of Why Americans Don't Vote Discuss Voter Apathy 1989 (NBC Learn)
- Ten States Rally to Get Poorest Citizens to Vote 2004 (NBC Learn)
- Emerging Voices: Hispanics Becoming Legal Citizens So They Can Vote 1996 (NBC Learn)
- Most Students Have Little Interest in 2004 Presidential Campaign (NBC Learn)
- Kids Poll Has History of Predicting Election Outcomes 2004 (NBC Learn)
- Michelle Obama on the Importance of Voting (YouTube)
- Mount Rushmore Speak of the importance of voting (YouTube)
- History of Voting (YouTube)
ACTIVITY 3 – Foundation for American democracy
- SS 6 C 1 1 Identify democratic concepts developed in ancient Greece that served as a foundation for American constitutional democracy.
Using a venn diagram (see Appendix D), students will compare and contrast ancient Greece and our American democracy. The students will keep in mind that many American constitutional ideas stemmed from ancient Greece influence.
- U.S. Constitution, First Draft 1787 (NBC Learn)
- Anniversary of the Signing of the Constitution 2002 (NBC Learn)
- How Should We Interpret the Constitution? 1987 (NBC Learn)
- State Constitutions 2007 (NBC Learn)
- Portraits of Leadership (NBC Learn)
- Thomas Jefferson American Democracy (YouTube)
- Overview of America – Part 1 of 2: A Firm Foundation (YouTube)
- Democracy is…Animation by Lukasz Szozda (YouTube)
- Ancient Greece: Greek Democracy (Encyclopedia Britannica)
ACTIVITY 4 – American political process
- SS 6 C 2 1 Identify principles (civic participation, role of government) from ancient Greece and Roman civilizations which are reflected in the American political process today, and discuss their effect on the American political process.
In groups, students will talk about roles we play in society versus roles we play in government.
They will then role-play different scenarios showing both roles.
- Ron Paul On Appropriate Role of Government at Home, Abroad 2007 (NBC Learn)
- Al Gore Discusses Tyranny and the Will of the People (NBC Learn)
- Turning Points in History – Democracy in Greece (YouTube)
- Big Ideas That Changed The World: Democracy – Tony Benn (YouTube)
- ATHENS the birthplace of democracy 1/8 (YouTube)