Grade Level: 12 / High School Level
Subject: Social Science- American Government
Standard(s): California Content Standard 12.6.4, 12.6.1, 12.2.4, 12.3.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.6
Objective: SWBAT create a political party, nominate a presidential candidate, and run a political campaign based on their political party's views on various issues.
This is a 4-5 day lesson in which students get into groups (of at least 4) and create a political party. They research political views (requires computer lab time), nominate a candidate (fictional or real), and then run a political campaign to win the election. Students should have a decent understanding of political parties, party platforms and basic knowledge of social issues before starting this project.
- Political Party Statement of Purpose
- Campaign Posters
- Election Day
Some of your students may be shy and will want to show a prerecorded speech for the campaign speech portion of this project. I say let them! Sometimes it turns out better than the real thing.