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 – Civic Literacy
The students will complete the civic literacy challenge quiz (see Appendix F) and discuss the correct answers.
ACTIVITY 3 – Solicit people to vote
- SS 912 C 2 2 Evaluate the importance of political participation and civic participation.
Students will make posters, banners, and/or infomercials soliciting people to vote. They will utilize the “Does one vote make a difference” timeline (see Appendix G) to help them show the importance of voting.
- Authors of Why Americans Don't Vote Discuss Voter Apathy (NBC Learn)
- Ten States Rally to Get Poorest Citizens to Vote (NBC Learn)
- Emerging Voices: Hispanics Becoming Legal Citizens So They Can Vote (NBC Learn)
- Most Students Have Little Interest in 2004 Presidential Campaign (NBC Learn)
- Kids Poll Has History of Predicting Election Outcomes (NBC Learn)
- Historic Close Presidential Races (NBC Learn)
ACTIVITY 4 – Commercial History
- SS 912 C 2 12 Explain the changing roles of television, radio, press, and internet in political communication.
The students will compare presidential candidate commercials from the pas to today. After viewing them, they will record information on the following:
a) How they changed?
b) Why did they change?
They will also write about the impact of these changes; whether the commercials have changed for the better; why or why not.
- 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)
- The Evolution of Political Ads (NBC Learn)