In this lesson, students evaluate hypothetical candidates by establishing and applying their own criteria for selecting public officials. Through a variety of activities, students assess candidates based on their qualifications, experience, campaign speeches and campaign materials. Students track campaign promises, explore voting records and evaluate the legitimacy of information resources. The role of the media, fundraising and opinion polls in the electoral process is also discussed.
Students will be able to:
DISTRIBUTE brainstorming half-sheet to students. Have them check off all the things they think are helpful when making a decision about a candidate. Discuss students’ results.
DISCUSS the steps to evaluating a candidate with the transparency. You may call on students to provide examples, or opportunities to complete these steps.
READ through Step One and allow the students to list issues and qualifications. Share and discuss as a class.
READ Step Two, assign the students to select their top three sources and share.
READ Steps Three through Five with the students, stopping to answer or ask questions along the way.
INTRODUCE the first page of the activity sheet and read through each candidate’s messages.
SELECT students to read the radio announcements of the candidates aloud.
ASSIGN the second activity to the students to complete.
REVIEW students’ answers to the candidate comparison.
ASSIGN the review sheets to the students.