Campaign Curriculum – Spanish

Campaign Curriculum: Lesson Objectives

Unit 1

Lesson 1

    Students will:

  • Interpret data about voting patterns by age group
  • Discuss possible reasons for current turnout statistics
  • Write an essay articulating why they think young people should vote

Lesson 2

    Students will:

  • Identify necessary qualities for effective leadership in a democracy
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a representative democracy

Lesson 3

  • Determine the races they will be following in the upcoming election
  • Understand the responsibilities of the offices up for election

Unit 2

Lesson 1

    • Students will:
  • Identify issues in their community
  • Understand the interrelation among various issues in the community
  • Conduct neighborhood interviews to validate classroom perceptions
  • Classify issues according to issue subject

Lesson 2

    Students will:

  • Interpret data to identify trends in their community
  • Understand the impact of community trends on community issues
  • Evaluate data analysis as a means of identifying community issues

Lesson 3

    Students will:

  • Understand the elements of survey design
  • Interpret poll results
  • Evaluate polling as a means of identifying community issues
  • Classify issues according to issue subject

Lesson 4

    Students will:

  • Compare neighborhood survey results to classroom findings
  • Demonstrate democratic deliberation to determine their Youth Issues Agenda
  • Provide evidence to support why their chosen issues are important to the community

Unit 3

Option 1

    Students will:

  • Discuss the role of candidate advertising in a campaign
  • Evaluate candidate advertising as a source of information about candidates’ positions
  • Research candidates’ advertising to determine their position on the students’ chosen issue

Option 2

  • Discuss the role of candidate websites in a campaign
  • Evaluate candidate websites as a source of information about candidates’ positions
  • Research candidates’ websites to determine their positions on the students’ chosen issue

Option 3

    Students will:

  • Discuss the role of candidate debates and forums in a campaign
  • Evaluate debates and forums as a source of information about candidates’ positions
  • Research candidates’ websites to determine their positions on the students’ chosen issue

Option 4

    Students will:

  • Develop questions for a candidate for elected office about their chosen issue
  • Discuss the role of face-to-face meetings with candidates in a campaign
  • Meet with a candidate for elected office to determine his/her position on the students’ chosen issue
  • Evaluate face-to-face meetings with candidates as a source of information about candidates’ positions

Option 5

    Students will:

  • Discuss the role of writing to candidates in a campaign
  • Evaluate writing to candidates as a source of information about their positions on the students’ chosen issue
  • Use candidates’ responses to determine their positions on the students’ chosen issue

Unit 4

Lesson 1

    Students will:

  • Examine citizens’ information needs in a campaign
  • Identify the role of the media in a campaign
  • Understand the role of the First Amendment in ensuring access to information about campaigns

Lesson 2

    Students will:

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each form of media in fulfilling media’s roles in a campaign
  • Identify media coverage of the candidates’ positions on their chosen issue
  • Determine which roles the local media have played in covering their chosen issue
  • Compare media coverage of the candidates to the ways in which the candidates represent their positions in their advertising, on their websites, in debates and forums, or at in-person meetings

Unit 5

Lesson 1

    Students will:

  • Share their candidate or election research with the community

Lesson 2

    Students will:

  • Conduct a mock election
  • Tally results to determine the mock election winner(s)

Unit 6

Lesson 1

    Students will:

  • Compare actual election results to their mock election results
  • Discuss possible reasons for election results
  • Discuss ways to increase voter turnout, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds

Lesson 2

    Students will:

  • Write a letter to the newly elected official on the students’ chosen issue or ways to increase voter turnout

Lesson 3

    Students will:

  • Reflect on their accomplishments over the course of the semester
  • Understand that civic engagement is an ongoing responsibility for all citizens

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