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									    High School Resources for
            Teaching
  2012 the Presidential Election
   Compiled by the BPS History
           Department




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High School Level

Attached are four lessons to assist high school level teachers with
teaching the 2012 Presidential elections.

Lesson 1 –
   Students will set the stage for the election by creating their
     political profile.
   Students will compare two domestic issues of importance

Lesson 2 –
   Students will identify reasons for voting for, or not voting for a
     candidate.
   Students will create a class survey

Lesson 3 –
   Students will examine political ads and debates for degree of
     persuasion
   Students will create an ad campaign for a candidate

Lesson 4 –
   Students will take part in a mock election
   Students will make predictions as to election results




 If you only have a little bit of time: the Presidential Election In
  one Day...Do Lesson 4

 If you have a little bit more time: the Presidential Election In two
  Days...Do Lessons 1 and 4

 If you have a lot of time: the Presidential Election In 5 Days...Do
  Lessons 1 - 4




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Lesson 1 - 2012 Presidential Election



Subject:      US History 1     Name:      Steven Seto       Date:   September 13, 2012

Topic: 2012 Presidential Election

Objective: Students will identify the domestic issues faced by the 2012 Presidential
candidates

Assessment: Students will write a summary of the online “Issues Quizzes”.

Activities
Preview: Students will identify the candidates for president and vice-president from
both major US political parties.

Initial Instruction:
   Three days prior to the class assign students to On The Issues: Every Political
    Leader on Every Issue and take a 20 question quiz to find out which candidate has
    views which most closely match their own.
    http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2010.asp?quiz=Pres2012


   Teacher will project a series of issues from Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
    Major party (and minor party) candidate’s positions on 61 different issues, including
    economy, education policy, environment, etc. Teachers will select 4 issues that are
    central to the upcoming election http://www.procon.org/ . students will take Cornell
    notes.



Initial Assessment/Guided Practice:
Pairs will Think-pair-share two issues and report out to class.

Processing/Conferring: Independent/Small Group Work
Pairs will produce T-charts showing pros and cons of each issue.
       focus on identifying and defining unfamiliar words and identifying and answering
        questions
       Buddy Write an initial summary sentence: main idea

Sharing/Debriefing/Assessment: Share summary sentences and problems; look for
evidence from text.

Homework/Retention and Transfer: Complete three-sentence summary.

Materials: Computer and LCD projector



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                        Lesson 2 – 2012 Presidential Election



Subject:       US History      Name:      Steven Seto       Date:   September 14, 2012

Topic: 2012 Presidential Election

Objective: Students will examine the voting records of various sub-groups in the US in
order to identify and predict 2012 election outcomes.

Assessment: Students will write a summary of their findings of US voting trends

Activities:
Preview: Students will identify the candidate for president they would for vote and
provide three (3) supporting explanations. They will also provide three (3) reasons why
they did not vote for the opposing candidate.

Initial Instruction:
   Teacher will select information from Election central: A history of Presidential
    Elections This site is part of the History Central website. A History of presidential
    elections with great information such as; (1) Why people vote, (2) Ethnic and
    religious voting patterns, etc. http://www.historycentral.com/elections/index.html .
    Teacher will identify changes in voting patterns and show present day regional and
    group dynamics.
   Teacher will ask for/discuss initial reactions/understandings

Initial Assessment/Guided Practice:
   Students will create a survey to be used in class to determine the voting rationale of
    fellow students.

Processing/Conferring: Independent/Small Group Work
Response Group
   Students will discuss the reasons for changes in the voting patterns of selected
    ethnic, gender, or age groups and identify the possible reasons for those changes.
    Groups will report out to the rest of the class and compare reactions.

Sharing/Debriefing/Assessment:
   Share summary sentences and problems; look for evidence from website.
   Students will complete a 3-2-1 exit ticket.

Homework/Retention and Transfer:
   Students will complete a six word summary

Materials: LCD projector


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                        Lesson 3 – 2012 Presidential Election



Subject:       US History      Name:       Steven Seto      Date:    September 15, 2012

Topic: 2012 Presidential Election

Objective: Students will examine the political ads of the major presidential candidates
and identify types of persuasion techniques used in the 2012 political ads

Assessment: Students will identify four different types persuasion techniques.

Activities:
Preview: Given a political print ad, students will write three sentences explaining the
message the ad is presenting.

Initial Instruction:
Teacher will show the famous “Daisy” TV ad from The Living Room Candidate:
Presidential Ads 1952-2008 http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/. Students will make
Cornell notes.
   Teacher will ask for/discuss initial reactions/understandings

Initial Assessment/Guided Practice:
   Students will create an ad supporting a fellow student for class president

Processing/Conferring: Independent/Small Group Work
Problem Solving Group
   Students will discuss the degrees of persuasion used in the class president ads.
   Students will create an ad program for each of the major presidential candidates.

Sharing/Debriefing/Assessment:
   Share summaries of the PSG ads.
   Students will respond to the ads from class groups and defend their own
    campaign ads.

Homework/Retention and Transfer:
   Students will choose an ad and go the Annenberg Political Fact Check which is a
    non-partisan assessments of the accuracy of candidates’ information in speeches,
    ads, and debates. http://www.factcheck.org/
   Students will identify the degree of truth or persuasion in the ads.

Materials: LCD projector



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                             Lesson 4 – Experiential Election



Subject:      US History 1      Name:     Steven Seto      Date:    September 16, 2012

Topic: 2012 Presidential Elections

Objective: Students will take part in a mock election to experience the thrill of the
electoral process

Assessment: Students will write a summary of the experiential exercise.

Activities
Preview: Students will predict the winner of the mock election with 4 supporting
explanations.

Initial Instruction:
   Teacher will register class with www.jfk.org or National Mock Election The
    Pearson Foundation combined both My Voice and the National Mock Election into the
    largest student mock election site in the country.
    http://www.nationalmockelection.org/

Initial Assessment/Guided Practice:
Think-Write-Pair-Share the voting experience with 3 ways to improve the process.

Processing/Conferring: Independent/Small Group Work
Buddy Read/Write:
       compare predictions through Think-Write-Pair-Share
       focus on identifying and defining unfamiliar words and identifying and answering
        questions
       Buddy Write an initial six word summary.

Sharing/Debriefing/Assessment: Share summary of voting experience; look for
evidence of voting trend.

Homework/Retention and Transfer: Complete three-sentence summary.

Materials: Fake voting booths




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2012 Presidential Election Sites
Election central: A history of Presidential Elections
This site is part of the History Central website. A History of presidential elections with
great information such as; (1) Why people vote, (2) Ethnic and religious voting
patterns, etc.
http://www.historycentral.com/elections/index.html


US Presidential Election Results: Popular and Electoral College Data, 1789-
2008
An interactive site using historical results by year and state. Popular and historical
results are listed in a chart and a map.
http://www.uselectionatlas.org/


National Mock Election
The Pearson Foundation combined both My Voice and the National Mock Election into
the largest student mock election site in the country.
http://www.nationalmockelection.org/


The Youth Leadership Initiative
YLI from the University of Virginia Center for Politics is a site which hosts mock
elections, mock referendums, and mock congressional voting throughout the school
year.
http://www.youthleadership.net/


The Learning network: Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources
A varied collection of topics such as; PlaycampaignNews games, Investigate polling
and projection Data, Relationship of campaign donations and Poll numbers, etc.
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/election-2012-teaching-ideas-and-
resources/


USA, Gov: learn about Elections
Mostly general citizenship-type topics but includes an excellent section on the
Electoral College, and a “Kids Guide to the Election Process”.
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting/Learn.shtml


The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Ads 1952-2008
An excellent video repository of historical campaign ads since 1952.
http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/




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Annenberg Political Fact Check
Non-partisan assessments of the accuracy of candidates’ information in speeches, ads,
and debates.
http://www.factcheck.org/


On The Issues: Every Political Leader on Every Issue
A 20 question quiz to find out which candidate has views which most closely match
your own.
http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2010.asp?quiz=Pres2012


USA Today 2012 Candidate Match Game
An 11 question quiz which allows you to match with the 2012 Presidential candidates.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/candidate-match-game


Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
Major party (and minor party) candidate’s positions on 61 different issues, including
economy, education policy, environment, etc. Teachers can select which issues that
they want to use and avoid issues that may be too complex or developmentally
inappropriate. There is also a section on how to teach controversial issues.
http://www.procon.org/


US Census Data: Participation by various groups
The U.S. Census provides tables of registration and voting data from the 2008
election. The data are sorted by race, gender, age, class education, income, marital
status, and veteran status, etc.
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/p20/2008/tables.htm
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Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists index
Hundreds of current political cartoons on a large variety of topics, by issue and
cartoonist.
http://www.cagle.com/politicalcartoons/




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