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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mock conventions!

 

Electing a President: An Instructional Simulation

Here's a great resource giving students the opportunity to learn about political conventions by taking part in the process! In this mock convention instructional simulation, students take on the role of a delegate to a political convention, and run a model convention. Students learn various aspects of our election process, and how each step is interdependent.

Included in this curriculum

  • Teacher role and checklist
  • Student roles and sample worksheets (delegate and issue committee member)
  • Delegate sheet (sample)
  • History
  • Functions of Conventions
  • Historic Conventions
  • Location of Conventions
  • Political Conventions Day to Day
  • Resources
  • GenerationNation k12in2012 through Inauguration Day

More than Democrat and Republican

During Campaign 2012, there are nine political conventions taking place throughout the United States.  Additionally, there could be many candidates from parties on the November 2012 ballot, and the possibility of another 4 independent candidates (without party affiliation).  This is why it is important for our students to understand the process we go through in America to elect a president and other leaders within our great country.

Instructional simulations

Instructional simulations give students an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of learning through the process of conducing the simulation.

What's the key element that differentiates instructional simulation from other teaching methods? The specification of a conceptual structure within which students interact and experience - firsthand - the relationships between concepts.

Critical thinking and creative thinking

This simulation of political conventions involves both critical thinking and creative thinking:
  • Critical thinking is analytical, objective and selective.  When students think critically, they make choices based on researched information and from personal experiences.
  • Creative thinking is generative, subjective and expansive.  When students think creatively, they are open to and generate new ideas.
  • Each way of thinking is helpful as students’ process information and demonstrates their understanding by producing a product that conveys that understanding.

Author

Don Mitchell, Social Studies Specialist in the Department of Humanities in Curriculum and Instruction at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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