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Civics - 9th

Engaging and Interactive Civics Activity: Creating a Mock Election

Title: Creating a Mock Election

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for Civics and Government

Subject: Civics

Summary: This activity involves organizing and conducting a mock election to help students understand the democratic process and the importance of civic participation.

Topic: Mock Election: Understanding the Democratic Process

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the key components of the democratic process
  • Understand the importance of civic participation
  • Can analyze and evaluate political candidates and their platforms
  • Can effectively communicate and debate political issues

Methodology:

This activity will be conducted over a series of class periods and will involve the following steps:

  1. Introduction to the Democratic Process: Begin by providing an overview of the democratic process, including the roles of citizens, political parties, and elections.
  2. Research and Analysis: Assign students to research and analyze the platforms of different political candidates running for a specific office (e.g., class president, mayor, or governor).
  3. Candidate Presentations: Have each student or group of students prepare a presentation on their chosen candidate, highlighting their qualifications, policies, and goals.
  4. Debates: Organize a series of debates where students can present and defend their candidate's positions on various issues. Encourage respectful and evidence-based arguments.
  5. Voter Registration: Teach students about the voter registration process and provide them with the necessary forms to register as voters for the mock election.
  6. Campaigning: Allow students to campaign for their chosen candidate by creating posters, flyers, and social media campaigns. Emphasize the importance of ethical campaigning and avoiding personal attacks.
  7. Mock Election Day: Set a date for the mock election and create a polling station in the classroom. Students will cast their votes using paper ballots or electronic voting systems.
  8. Election Results and Analysis: Count the votes and announce the election results. Discuss the outcome and analyze the reasons behind the students' voting choices.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Access to computers or library resources for candidate research
  • Projector or whiteboard for candidate presentations and debates
  • Voter registration forms
  • Art supplies for campaign materials
  • Ballot boxes or electronic voting systems

Instructions:

1. Begin by introducing the democratic process and explaining the purpose of the activity.

2. Assign students to research and analyze the platforms of different political candidates.

3. Have students prepare presentations on their chosen candidate.

4. Organize debates where students can present and defend their candidate's positions.

5. Teach students about voter registration and provide them with the necessary forms.

6. Allow students to campaign for their chosen candidate using various materials and strategies.

7. Set a date for the mock election and create a polling station in the classroom.

8. Count the votes and announce the election results.

Assessment:

Assess students' understanding and participation throughout the activity using the following criteria:

  • Research and analysis of political candidates' platforms
  • Quality of candidate presentations
  • Participation and engagement in debates
  • Ethical campaigning and creation of campaign materials
  • Completion of voter registration forms
  • Active participation in the mock election
  • Reflection on the election results and analysis of voting choices

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Common Core State Standards for Civics and Government

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