Election 2016: Who Are the Candidates?

Lesson Duration

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Part One of a Four-Part Election Unit-

Students create candidate profiles to inform voters about the competing candidates in this presidential election. From a straightforward student product such as a side-by-side chart comparing the two candidates, to more in-depth options, such as a digital slideshow, TV newscast or informational article that compares the candidates, students will have their chance to make their case for who should be the next president of the United States.

In preparation, students share their preconceptions about the presidential candidates and gain some background information from a New York Times Upfront Magazine article. Then, students become investigative reporters who learn as much as they can about the candidates so they can inform voters about what experience, leadership qualities and values both candidates would bring to the presidency.

Research questions that promote critical thinking and analysis are provided, along with graphic organizers, to help guide students’ research. For example, instead of writing down all the experiences a candidate has had, students have to consider which experiences would best prepare someone to be president.

For the research process, teachers have a choice of providing students with a curated selection of resources or allowing students to find their own resources.

Need help offering students various strategies in distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources? The lesson has links to resources to help.

Finally, students present their candidate profiles. A handout is provided to guide students in giving each other feedback.

Go to: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/election-2016-unit-part-1-who-are-the-candidates/


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