Election Simulation Fall 2011
Every student will register as a voter at the beginning of the simulation. On the back of the voter registration, each student will express why he or she wants to be in either the political party or the media group
The class is divided into three separate groups: two political parties and one media group. Each student will have two sets of requirements: requirements as a registered voter and requirements as a member of the political party or media. The election will take place at the end of the simulation, and it will take place in another class period which is called the ”voting class”. At the end of the simulation the class will provide for the "voting class " a newspaper, a newscast, and campaign button, poster, and pamphlet from each party.
Registered Voter Requirements: (Every Student)
-Parent Election Memories Interview (Done as homework)
-Choose one political cartoon and comment (Done as homework)
-Letter to the Editor (Mr. Homa-aka: teacher): "Reflections on My First Campaign?" (Done in class)
Each person in the political party chooses a role and accepts its responsibilities during the election simulation. Each political party is a team and each member of the team participates in every activity.
Political Party Roles and Responsibilities
-Presidential Candidate: Writes Three Speeches-Acceptance, Debate, Rebuttal and helps with button, poster, ads, and pamphlet
-Party Chairman: Ultimately responsible for platform, pamphlet, helps candidate on speeches and debate, part of the team that answers media questions on the platform
-Campaign Manager: Ultimately responsible for button design, campaign poster, newspaper ad, and. television commercial, and helps candidate on speeches and debate part of the team that answers media questions on the platform
-Press Secretary: Introduces candidate to the press for acceptance and debate. Also part of the team that answers media questions on the platform and helps candidate with speeches
-Media Consultants: designs button, poster, newspaper ad, pamphlet, and television commercial and part of the team that answers media questions on the platform and helps candidate with speeches. They will also hand the commercial and newspaper ad to the media group before they go to print.
Political Party Activities
-Create a Party Platform
-Choose a Party Name, Slogan, Symbol
-Choose roles and accept responsibilities
-Choose a Presidential Candidate
-Design a Button Design, Campaign Poster, Newspaper Ad
-Create a Pamphlet which includes slogan, symbol, platform, and goals
-Write and Record a Television Commercial for Candidate
-Acceptance Speech by Presidential Candidate -Party Chairman Introduces Party Platform
-Press Conference on Party Platform -Debate between Presidential Candidates Election Day- The "voting class" will see the newspaper, the television newscast, each candidate's button, poster, pamphlet, and television ads.
Each person in the media chooses a role and accepts its responsibilities during the election simulation. Reporters, television or print media, does the activities by oneself except for the design of the opinion poll questions. The reporters are ultimately responsible to the Editor or the Anchor Man. The editor or anchorman is their boss.
Media Roles and Responsibilities
Editor of the Newspaper: Designs layout of newspaper, edits the eight articles, and puts final newspaper together with the two candidate newspaper ads. Anchor Man of Broadcasting Network: Creates five news segments and puts together final newscast including candidates' T. V. ad.
Print or Television Reporters: Writes articles or news segments and creates questions for party platform press conference
-All newspaper and television people will design an opinion poll and give to “voting class“: Then an article and newscast will be delivered to the “voting class” two days later.
-Create a newspaper group with Editor and Reporters
Name the newspaper and decide on layout Each newspaper will have eight articles-two on acceptance speeches, two on party platforms, one on press conference, one on debate, one on opinion poll, and one editorial letter
Final Project: One page Newspaper to hand to "voting class"
- Create a television group with an Anchor Man and Reporters
Run the press conferences-Acceptance Speeches, Party Platform, and Debate Tape five new segments-on opinion polls, two on each candidate, one on the press conference and one on the debate.
Final Project: Edit tapes for "'voting class" to include the acceptance speeches and the five segments