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).
- 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 – History of Constitutional changes
- SS 8 C 1 6 Evaluate how amendments to the Constitution have expanded voting rights from our nation’s early history to present day.
Students, in groups or individually, will make a timeline of constitutional changes from our nation’s early history to today.
- Changes Made to Declaration of Independence (NBC Learn)
- New State Laws for 2011 (NBC Learn)
- Suffragists Change Tactics in Fight for Equal Suffrage (NBC Learn)
- How Difficult Is It to Pass a Constitutional Amendment? (NBC Learn)
- History of the Fifth Amendment (NBC Learn)
ACTIVITY 3 – Constitutional provisions for establishing citizenship
- SS 8 C 1 1 Identify the Constitutional provisions for establishing citizenship.
The teacher will hold a class discussion on whether or not good citizenship should include voting and if we should be required to vote.
After the discussion, students will share their opinion during a presentation in the form of a paper, power point, prezi, etc.
- Federal Government Unveils New Citizenship Test (NBC Learn)
- Thousands Swear In as New U.S Citizens (NBC Learn)
- New Citizens Discuss What It Means to Be an American (NBC Learn)
ACTIVITY 4 – Campaign commercials
The teacher will show the class various campaign commercials and discuss them. They will talk about what catches the viewer’s eye and how they choose to represent their platforms through the commercials (positive versus negative vocabulary).
The students will be put into groups and create a commercial representing a candidate from the 2012 presidential debate and discuss their viewpoints.
- The Meanest, Dumbest and Funniest Political Ads of 2006 (NBC Learn)
- Campaign Ads Hit Airwaves Earlier than Ever (NBC Learn)
- Accuracy of 2004 Presidential Campaign Ads 2004 (NBC Learn)
- Fact and Fiction in the 2008 Campaign Ads (NBC Learn)
- Questionable Political Ads Heat Up California Democratic Gubernatorial Primary 1990 (NBC Learn)
- Political Ad, "Strong Leadership" (Romney, 2012) (NBC Learn)
- Political Ad, "Believe in America" (Romney, 2012) (NBC Learn)
- Political Ad, "Go" (Obama, 2012) (NBC Learn)
- Political Ad, "We've Heard It All Before" (Obama, 2012) (NBC Learn)