-Quotes and pictures from the Truman Library and Museum (See lesson details)
-Documents, pictures, letters, notes and audio of President Truman...found
at trumanlibrary.org (documents, election campaign 1948)
-Students will choose their articles, audios, comics, etc.
-Handout provided by Jeffrey Pasley referencing views and positions of John
-Student located primary documents found on the NET...
-Some of the NET sources can be found on the handout from the
Truman Library Teachers Conference "Presidential Elections:
Washington to Obama"...site locations for each election.
(Election of 1796, Election of 1948...Students will choose the articles, comics, etc. to be examined)
-Some of the NET sources can be found at the National Archives and
Library of Congress sites. I will allow students to choose sources.
-Current videos/interviews of candidates running for office (Any major media source NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, FOX News, etc.)
Fully describe the activity or assignment in detail. What will both you and the students do?
I will ask students to share their thoughts about the presidential election process and the politics involved with this process.
This sharing/discussion should lead students to be curious about how things have evolved to what they are today in the area of presidential election politics. With this curiosity in mind, I will have students examine the current presidential political arena in greater detail by reading and sharing one current article from a news media source that is covering this topic. Once students have selected and read their articles, I will have them share what they have read and any special insights or further questions. Discussion on several of the articles will most likely occur.
To conclude day one...I will have students individually brainstorm ways to effectively improve upon our current presidential election politics. My expectation would be 5 to 10 brainstormed
I will begin today by having students share one of their brainstormed ideas. Then, I will challenge them to consider what has happened in the past. I will inquire as to whether student insights have been implemented in the past and I will challenge students to see how perhaps custom and tradition have helped to shape our current presidential election political environment.
At this point I will have students examine resources from the Truman Library Teachers Conference relating to the 1796 and 1948 elections. In groups of 3, I will have students examine the various documents and videos. With the insights they have gathered, I will have them share what they have learned about presidential election politics. Each group will be responsible for sharing: What have you read about or viewed?, What are your thoughts in relation to what you have read about or viewed? and...What have you learned about in relation to presidential election politics?
When students have finished sharing, I will have each student assess, in writing, the similarities and differences from the various years. I will also have them evaluate whether the political arena surrounding presidential elections has improved over the years.
I will then have students complete, in writing, a Guidelines Activity for day three. Each student will be asked to create a listing of at least 5 guidelines they would implement in relation to presidential election politics. Support for each guideline will be expected.
I will begin today by talking about how people tend to get frustrated with presidential politics. I will give lots of examples from my observations over the past two day. I will also let students know that they have been involved in a very important process...All too often, all we do is complain without doing anything about it. I will let students know that they have all created/ crafted guidelines for making an improved arena in relation to presidential election politics. I will let them know that their guidelines can be utilized to voice potential positive changes to the customs and traditions utilized over the years.
At this point, I will have each student share their guidelines. From what is shared, as a class, we will create an action plan to present to the Republican, Democrat and significant third party National Committees and any future presidential candidate.
This activity will ultimately allow students to be involved in our American Democracy in a positive manner. And, it could lead to possible changes that will enhance the quality of our political environment.