Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Scrapbooking the 2016 Presidential Election
Joe Henke
US History
Time Frame:
● Students will work on this project throughout the election process. Project will be due after the election.
Grade Levels:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:

The scrap­booking the 2016 national election project allows students to work independently or within a group to document the national election.  The project provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge of the election process and the candidates that are campaigning for various government positions.


The Presidential election gives a wonderful opportunity, every four years, to spark student interest in the election process and the candidates involved.

The scrapbook project allows the students to work with primary sources and current materials and develop a working knowledge of the electoral process.

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:

Missouri Standards


  1. Relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions


  1. The use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents) Kansas Standards

Benchmark 3: The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of individuals, groups, ideas, developments, and turning points in the era of the Cold War (1945­1990).

5. (A) analyzes domestic life in the United States during the Cold War era (e.g., McCarthyism, federal aid to education, interstate highway system, space as the New Frontier, Johnson’s Great Society).

Benchmark 5: The student engages in historical thinking skills.


  1. (A) analyzes a theme in United States history to explain patterns of continuity and change over time.
  2. (A) develops historical questions on a specific topic in United States history and analyzes the evidence in primary source documents to speculate on the answers.
  3. (A) uses primary and secondary sources about an event in U.S. history to develop a credible interpretation of the event, evaluating on its meaning (e.g., uses provided primary and secondary sources to interpret a historical­based conclusion).

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

 Students will use various websites to research the current election

 Students will be able to use their Government textbook

Students will be able to use various election books, etc.

Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
Full description of activity or assignment.

The 2016 Presidential Election Scrapbook project provides students the opportunity to conduct the research about the election, campaign, and the key players in the 2016 federal and state election.  Students will use the internet, primary sources, and secondary sources to find reliable information.  Students will analyze, summarize and form opinions about information presented. Students will produce a scrapbook covering all the different aspects of the 2016 Federal Election of 2016.

Detailed handout is below


For this project you need to design a scrapbook with the following sections:


  1. Title Page



  1. Glossary



  1. Voter Registration Card:

   Go to www.rockthevote.com and register to vote        (print out for your scrapbook)



  1. Election terminology  (define the attached terms in your scrapbook)



  1. Candidates Biography
    1. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
      1. How they stand on the major issues
        1. Education:
        2. Economy:
        3. Abortion:
        4. Immigration:
        5. Isis:
        6. Same­Sex marriage:
        7. Social Security:
        8. Taxes
        9. Energy policy:
        10. Military:



  1. Campaign memorabilia:



  1. Vice­President
    1. Biography
    2. Why was this person picked as VP








  1. Take the Presidential Pop­Quiz @



  1. How did you answer each question?
  2. Which candidate agreed with you?



  1. Political Party Quiz: http://www.gotoquiz.com/political_party_quiz_2 https://www.isidewith.com/political­quiz
    1. How did you answer each question?
    2. Which candidate agreed with you?
    3. Missouri Candidates (Republican and Democrat):
      1. Governor
      2. Lieutenant Governor
      3. Secretary of State
      4. U.S. Senator
      5. U.S. Congress for District 6 (Boonville, MO)




I.  2016 Election Results





Presidential Election Terms



Define each in relation to the election.



  1. Absentee Voting:



  1. Balanced Budget:



  1. Ballot Box:



  1. Bias: .



  1. Campaign:




  1. Candidate:



  1. Caucus:



  1. Citizen:



10.  Closed Primary:



11.  Congressional Districts (CD):



12.  Constituency:



13.  Constituent:



14.  Debate:



15.  Delegate:



16.  Democracy:



17.  Early Money:



18.  Election Day:



19.  Electoral College:



20.  Exit Poll:



21.  Federal:



22.  Federal Election Commission (F.E.C.):



23.  Franchise:



24.  General Elections:



25.  Gerrymander:



26.  G.O.P.:



27.  Grassroots:



28.  Incumbent:




31.  Issue:



32.  Landslide:



33.  Matching Funds:



34.  Media:



35.  Mudslinging:



36.  National Conventions:



37.  Nominee:



38.  Non­partisan:



39.  Office­Block Ballot:



40.  Open Primary:



41.  Partisan:



42.  Party:



43.  Party­Column Ballot:



44.  Platform:



45.  Political Action Committee (PAC):



46.  Poll:



47.  Pollster:



48.  Precinct:



49.  Presidential Primary:



50.  Primary:



51.  Runoff Primary:



52.  Rhetoric:




55.  Spin:



56.  Split­Ticket Voting:



57.  Straight­Ticket Voting:



58.  Straw Poll:



59.  Stump Speech:



60.  Super Delegates:



61.  War Chest:



62. Whistle Stop



















Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:

Scrapbook Structure




































I. INDEX­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                           /30 points II. VOTER REGISTRATION PAGE­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­             /10 points

III. GLOSSARY OF TERMS­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                          /30 points



IV. PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                       /60 points

a)                  How they stand on the major issues

  1. Education:
  2. Economy:
  3. Abortion:
  4. Immigration:
  5. Iraq:
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Same­Sex marriage:
  8. Social Security:
  9. Taxes
  10. Energy policy:



b)                 Campaign memorabilia:



c)                  Vice­President

  1. Biography
  2. Why was this person picked as VP



V. PRESIDENTIAL POP QUIZ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                        /20 points

  1. How did you answer each question?
  2. Which candidate agreed with you?


VI. POLITICAL PARTY QUIZ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                          /10 points




Candidates­­­­­facts for each candidate




         /10 points




Lieutenant Governor­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


         /10 points




Secretary of State­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


         /10 points




U.S. Senator­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


         /10 points




U.S. Congress for District 6­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


         /10 points





VIII. RESULTS­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                                                                                                                               /40 points XV. ORGANIZATION/STYLE­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                                                                                                                   /50 points







TOTAL SCORE­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                         /300 points



GRADE­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                       /