Campaign 2016 is an in-depth resource for exploring the 2016 campaign specifically and the presidential election process in general. The site's divided into nine sections. The first two feature video clips from every declared candidate in the 2016 presidential campaign from both major parties, including videos of each candidate announcing his or her candidacy and several short clips of each candidate addressing major issues, like the economy and immigration. The other sections explore political parties, the election process, the Electoral College, campaign finance, campaign ads, polls, and debates. There are tons of videos from experts on these broad subjects, plus each of the nine sections includes a key question, discussion questions, and a "culminating assessment" activity to use with the information in that section. There's also often a "possible extension" activity that can encourage students to delve deeper and learn more.
The videos from the candidates are excellent. They're arranged as neutrally as possible -- by the dates that each candidate declared his or her candidacy -- and they offer a head-to-head look at each of their remarks on the same subjects. Students are unlikely to encounter this info anywhere else, especially with such neutrality, so consider having students dive deep into viewing these videos side by side, then have students write about their insights or give a presentation that compares and contrasts what they learn. Use the site's built-in culminating assessments -- which are good, if a little cursory -- or create your own in-depth assessments that require students to analyze the candidates' views and assess their differences. Have students use the candidates' remarks to construct your own in-class debate. There's also some good historical content from past debates; have students use those clips to analyze how the presidential election process has changed over the years. Use the sections on campaign ads and polls to have students develop their own ads or create their own polls, and discuss how each of those tools impacts the electoral process. Check out the sections on how television and social media have impacted the campaigns, and have students create their own television ads or social media campaigns for their own candidates to experience these challenges firsthand.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
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