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Lesson Plans and Ideas for Primary Students
Link Smart Art
  This activity asks students to examine and practice the art of political cartoon-making by focusing on how and why they are so effective in making a political point.
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Link If I Were President
  Make a class book about what your students would do if they were president.
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Link Budget Making
  Introduce students to budgets, expenses and savings; learn about government services and basic expenses; and create pie charts representing government spending priorities.
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Link Download Election Material
  Run an election in your class. Resources include manifestos, party logos, posters, ballot papers and role play cards.
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Link Why Vote?
  Learn about the important public services that government provides, and by extension, the importance of voting in local, state and federal elections. Create a public service campaign to encourage adults in your community to vote.
Lesson Plans and Ideas for Secondary Students
Link Learning About Elections: Campaigning and Voting Lessons
  It’s election year. Do your students know how to campaign for a candidate? If you think they need help in understanding election basics, try this classroom project.
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Link Why Vote? A Public Debate Awareness Campaign
  Students will learn that towns include people whose jobs contribute to the quality of community life.
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Link Access, Analyze, Act: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement
  Discover the power of social media while promoting your students’ civic engagement
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Link Political Polls
  In a society which surveys everything from soap used to political preference, it is essential that polls are neither feared nor revered. Students must know polls are statements of short term probability that may easily be skewed. They are a tool to help man make rational decisions.
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Link Campaign Ad Critique
  Students analyse current campaign TV ads and literature. They identify the ad by "type." They learn to look beyond the ad to understand its intended purposes and its real content.
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Link Download Election Material
  Run an election in your class. Resources include manifestos, party logos, posters, ballot papers and role play cards.
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Link Learning Through Elections
"Learning Through Elections" includes lesson plans, activities and background information designed to support teachers across Key Stages 3 and 4 in bringing the concepts of citizenship and democracy to life.
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Link Election Time using a Database
  Students, working in groups, use various resources to answer prepared questions about the candidates. Students will enter their data into a prepared database. With teacher guidance, students will learn to use the database to find information.
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Link Reading newspapers: Editorial and opinion pieces
  A learner's guide to identifying, reading, and understanding editorial and opinion pieces in historical newspapers.
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Link What Matters Most?
  Most students are too young to vote, but they can still participate in the election process by sharing their views. This lesson plan includes some activities to encourage students to articulate their opinions.
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Link Campaigning For Change
  In this lesson, students select a school issue of importance to them, the faculty and the administrative staff, and devise a proposal for mounting a campaign around the issue.
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Link Persuasion and Political Debate
This lesson gives students a chance to participate, observe and discuss the rhetorical strategies that best suit a presidential debate format.
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Link Writing a Political Speech
Students practice the writing process in small groups while researching the platforms of political parties for speeches to be made in the same venue. Each group creates its own standard for assessing its political speech, which is, in turn, used by an audience to assess that group's speech and to corroborate the instructor's assessment of that speech.
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Link Analyzing Political Ads
Students will view current political ads and learn how they make use of various commercial ad appeals. Students will also develop familiarity with basic videography terms.
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Link Political Commercials: Leading or Misleading Voters?
Students analyze commercials and look for logical fallacies. They then use a storyboard template to make their own commercial for a fictitious candidate, using the techniques and fallacies they've learned.
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Link Creating Video Public Service Announcements
Students will identify ways increased voter participation could impact the issues of concern to their communities and write, shoot, and edit a 10-30 second public service announcement on the importance of voting.
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Link Political Polling in Your Community
Students read about how polls are written, conducted, and used by candidates, and about problems inherent in political polling.
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Link Voting
By brainstorming, developing, and implementing an action plan for boosting local voter registration or participation, students can analyze voter participation statistics and make inferences for why voter participation has decreased.
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Link Get it on the Ballot
In this real-life, hands-on activity, students will research referenda/ballot initiatives in their areas, choose something to put on the ballot, and compose a petition and gather signatures.
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Link Voting Rights: What Age is Too Young?
Students will construct a timeline of voting rights in the US, perform biographical research on someone important to voting rights, and finally write a letter to their US Representative taking a position on lowering the voting age to 16.
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Link Political Satire
Students get to take a serious look at a funny subject and understand better how political satire is used during an election.
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