Lesson Plan

Help your class apply their candidate evaluation skills with this election season activity. Students will select the issues and qualities they care about, then research candidates running for the office of your choice. Students will determine how the candidates rate, as they learn about the campaigns. This is a great extension activity for the Candidate Evaluation lesson plan, as well as an opportunity to bring current events into your classroom. 

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  • Establish, explain, and apply criteria useful in selecting political leaders.
  • Evaluate candidates based on their qualifications, experience, speeches, and advertisements.
  • Evaluate information and arguments from various sources.
  • Analyze multiple perspectives on public and current issues.


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