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Lesson 3: Primary Elections and General Elections: A Mix of Messages

In this lesson students will learn how candidates approach the primary and the general election differently by taking the role of candidate or campaign staff in determining which messages on particular issues will most resonate with voters at different points in the campaign. This lesson requires sophisticated critical thinking. If students struggle composing messages you can have them explain why it is hard to do.

Skills
Persuasive Writing
Writing
Topics
Campaigns and Elections
Learning Tools
Digital Tool
Graphic Organizer
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3)

D2.CIV.10.9-12.

Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.

D2.CIV.4.9-12.

Explain how the U.S. Constitution establishes a system of government that has powers, responsibilities, and limits that have changed over time and that are still contested.

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