Government Class Calendar

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Week One

Objectives:

SWBAT complete a political beliefs survey based on their own opinions and write a brief explanation of which two issues they think are most important and why.

Standards:

CA Core 12.3- Students evaluate, take, and defend positions on what the fundamental values and principles of civil society are, their interdependence, and the meaning/

importance of those values and principles in a free society.

Student Activities:

Campaign project introduced; students given political beliefs survey.

Assessment:

Student survey results and explanations are collected by teacher and used to form Primary Campaign teams.

HW: Students create vocabulary review cards for key terms.

Objectives:

SWBAT work together with their teammates to create a platform for their campaign covering the fields of Defense/ Homeland Security, State, Treasury, Health, and Housing/Urban Development.

Standards:

CA Core 12.3- Students evaluate, take, and defend positions on what the fundamental values and principles of civil society are, their interdependence, and the meaning/

importance of those values and principles in a free society.

Student Activities:

Students are sorted into groups of 3-4 and assigned roles within those groups; students work with their groupmates to construct a political platform.

Assessment:

Each campaign will be required to turn in a platform covering their opinions on the above issues.

Objectives:

SWBAT state which special interest groups and which portions of the US population best match their stated political platform.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities:

Students will research special interest groups to see which ones might agree with their platform. Depending upon how much money each student is able to find for themselves, students will begin to take ranks in our mock primaries.

Assessment:

Each campaign will be required to turn in a ledger showing which groups they found that were willing to support them; this information will be used to create primary rankings within each party.

Objectives:

SWBAT draft at least two different forms of campaign propaganda supporting their candidate.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities:

Students will work under the direction of their Media Experts to create at least two forms of campaign promotional materials.

Assessment:

Each campaign will turn in its drafts of promotional materials to be assessed; final copies will be collected the following day.

Objectives:

SWBAT support their candidates in a debate over various campaign issues.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities:

Candidates will, with the support of their campaign members, participate in a debate covering topics common to presidential elections. Student HW is for those campaigns remaining to fill the additional roles they will need moving forward.

Assessment:

Each campaign will write a brief summary spinning their performance in the debate as a positive. After the debates, the two or three highest-performing groups will be selected to run in the general election the following week.

Week Two

Objectives:

SWBAT reorganize their campaigns to incorporate former members of other campaigns. Following this, SWBAT collaboratively create solutions to a series of crises arising to face their campaigns.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities:

Students consolidate into what campaigns remain, fill new roles, and handle new crises presented by the teacher.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on how they handle the scenarios they are presented with.

Objectives:

SWBAT determine how they want to support state and local governmental officials with their campaign’s influence, altering their approach depending on regional and local polling.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities:

Students look at examples from regions across the country, determining where they want to have their campaign throw its support. They will have to consider local polling data, along with the goals of their campaign and what they wish to do once elected.

Assessment:

Students will turn in a document detailing which local and state elections they wish to support, which side they want to support, and why.

Objectives:

SWBAT determine how they wish to allocate their money, what fundraising strategies they wish to employ, and how they wish to use the Internet to advance their campaign.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities:

Students decide which states they think they can and cannot win, allocate funds accordingly, discuss how they wish to continue fundraising, and create their online presence.

Assessment:

Students will turn in a document showing where they are putting their money, how they plan to make more of it, how they are approaching the Internet, and why they made these choices.

Objectives:

SWBAT participate in a second debate, this time only between whichever candidates remain.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities: Students participate in a second debate, spinning answers and providing additional information as needed. Students are also given time to work on their campaign diary final projects, which will be collected at the end of class the following day.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on debate performance and ability to spin their opponents’ responses. This will be the last input of information before the election is decided.

Objectives:

SWBAT share their campaign diaries with their classmates in a gallery walk/poster session/potluck.

Standards:

CA Core 12.6- Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

Student Activities:

Students share their campaign diaries with their peers and possibly respond to a last-minute crisis.

Assessment:

After the gallery walk/poster session, student campaign diaries will be collected and assessed.