How Do We Make Choices? Class of 10, 11 and 12 Year Olds Examines the 2012 Election
One of Touchstone’s older elementary classrooms has been studying the election as one part of the year-long question, “How do we make choices?” Students chose the issues they most wanted to study and then worked in small groups to examine both sides of the issue. They created flyers for each issue summarizing what they had learned. Next, they studied advertisements, learning about the differences between ads that emphasize facts and those that are built on fallacies, misconceptions, partial truths, or falsehoods, etc. They looked at ads that try to frighten voters into supporting a particular candidate without giving factual support, and they looked at ads that use the “slippery slope” tactic–projecting a negative outcome based on an initial action that purportedly engenders additional undesirable outcomes and ultimately an adverse conclusion. Students then developed their own ads for each side of each issue.
Click the image to read the students’ summary flyers. Click the video links to see the student-created 30 second spots.
The sources the students used in their research:
- CNN, Cable News Network, n.d. Web 09 Oct. 2012. <http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/candidates.html>.
- “FactCheckED / Education from FactCheck.” FactCheck.org. N.p., n.d. Web 09 Oct. 2012. <http://factchecked.org/>.
- “Issues – An Economy Built to Last: Barack Obama.” Obama for America. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2012. <http://www.http://www.barackobama.com/issues/>.
- “Issues.” Mitt Romney for President. Web 09 Oct. 2012. <http://www.mittromney.com/issues>.
- Election 2012. Web. 09 Oct. 2012. <http://magazines.scholastic.com/election-2012>.
- “ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues.” ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues. Web. 09 Oct. 2012. <http://www.procon.org/>.