bjhelection2000 Beck Junior High Election 2000
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Here are a few generic ideas for integrating the election into your classroom. Also, see Link #5 below to search
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> Electoral College:  See link #2 below for information
 on the state-by-state breakdown of electoral votes.  
 These numbers can be used to show how key states
 influence the election.
> Post-election:  Compare the number of electoral votes
 received by the candidates to the popular vote, determine
 percentages, etc.

> Incorporate election terminology/scenarios into word
 problems. (Candidate A received 48% of the vote, Candidate
 B received 52%.  If the total number of people voting was
 X, how many people voted for Candidate A?)

> Conduct classroom poll on a selected topic.  Analyze the
 results.  This will introduce the students to the idea
 of polls.
> Once the election is over, disaggregated information on
 KISD/BECK voting patterns will be forwarded to our  
 campus.  These statistics can then be analyzed, used for
 word problems, etc.

Language Arts
> Use personification to explore an election topic.  This is
 a variation on a lesson called "The Cane" where a  
 cane describes an historical event.  For the
 election, students can write from the perspective of
 a voting booth, a U.S. flag, or The Bill of Rights.

> Incorporate election terminology into vocabulary lists and
 classroom activities.  (inauguration, gerrymander).  See
 link #4 below for a list of common election terms.

> Journal entries - give them an election-related prompt
 and have them explore their feelings/opinions on issues
 relevant to their age group.  Next have them look at the
 same issue from another perspective.

> Use newspaper articles on the election in classroom

> Persuasive Writing:  Have the students write a persuasive
 letter to a fictional candidate attempting to influence
 the candidate's view on a political issue (the environ-
 ment, education).

> Brainstorm issues relating to conservation and the
 environment.  Discuss the various candidates' positions
 on these issues.  

> Have students compose a letter to one of the candidates.
 This letter can call attention to the long-term effects
 of present-day environmental policies.

> See Link #3 below for information on the environment as
 an election issue.

> Create campaign posters or "Get Out and Vote" posters
 (We are having a contest through advisory in October.)

> Symbolism:  Use campaign posters or political cartoons
 to analyze the use of art and symbolism in an election.

> Incorporate songs with a patriotic theme into repertoire.
> Bake Uncle Sam Cookies (and distribute to teachers)!!
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