From 10/29 – 11/5 (and hopefully not any longer!), we’ll be 100% focused on the 2008 Election. The Constitution Unit has been very lively with this Election on the horizon, so now we’re spending time discussing what issues matter and what it takes to win. Here’s a breakdown of what we’re doing:
- Wednesday we focused on finding what the candidates stand for, in their own words. Hopefully we learn to be informed voters and base decisions on candidates that reflect our beliefs.
- Thursday, we vote! Through the Youth Leadership Initiative at the University of Virginia (as is 6th Grade), we’ll cast an online vote. (Winners: Barack Obama (63%), Dick Durbin (68%), Judy Biggert (69%)!)
- Thursday and Friday, we’ll begin a project that predicts who will win the Electoral College. We’ll use polls and history to make these decisions. Electoral College Prediction Worksheet (Click Me!)
- Monday will be an Election preview, including discussing the differences between Republicans and Democrats, what the Popular Vote means in the Presidential Race, what may happen in the Senate, and races that matter to Illinois.
- Tuesday’s an off day, but students will be checking their predictions this night, as well as getting extra credit for going with an adult to the polls to see what it’s like and partake in the excitement.
- Wednesday is Election wrap-up day. Some will be celebrating/gloating, others will be bummed/preparing for world destruction because “the other guy” won. We’ll find a happy medium and try to bring some sense to what happened, both Nationally and Locally.
In the next 2 days, I’ll update this post with copies of the worksheets. Look for them soon!