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Political Platform Lesson


Political Platform Lesson

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This is a Project Based Learning lesson designed for a class entitled American Studies which is an English course integrated with American History.  The idea of the lesson was to get students involved in the political process and to help them better understand political platforms.  
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Material Type: Assignment
Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: September 30, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 07, 2012
Submitter: Mark Hansen
Keywords: politics, Project Based Learning, American Studies, American History


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Language: English
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Avatar for Melissa Benoit
4 years ago

Melissa Benoit (Teacher (K-12))

I enjoyed looking at this lesson plan. It was interesting for me to see how a Social Studies and English curriculum worked together. In English, it's so important to give a context for the novel we are starting and I like the idea of having a Humanities class where the ideas sync together. I really liked this lesson plan, especially because it's right around the election. Students at my school would definitely have benefited from learning about the different political parties and how they work. I felt it was a great idea to have students collaborate on Google Docs, so they are able to access their work from anywhere. I also enjoyed the timeline idea because it allows kids to see the information in print form and also visually. I think it was a great addition to have them present. It made them accountable for their research and presentation. It also allowed other groups to learn about each party. The lesson plan seems like a very relevant, content-specific, accessible lesson for students to embrace.

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I did not find any technical issues with the lesson plan. The link to the material worked correctly. The lesson plan was easily accessible and well-formated.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Samantha Slifer
4 years ago

Samantha Slifer (Teacher (K-12))

I think it is great that you are creating a lesson that is relevant to the time period of the election and using Rock the Vote because it is so well known. It is good that you are giving the students background knowledge and going over important vocabulary terms. This will help the students to better understand the information that they will encounter while completing the project. I think it is great that the students get to experience the whole political platform process and are able to create their own platform.  I like that this is project-based because it is a real-life problem and it is a very motivational strategy.  I think that the project is very relevant and engaging for the students.  I like the incorporation of technology and the use of interactive timelines. I would be very interested in seeing this in action. Overall, it is a great, engaging and relevant lesson!

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I was able to easily open the PDF. 

Time spent reviewing site: 5-10 minutes