Election University (Fall)
Basics of the election process in a fun, interactive setting
minimum 10, maximum 14
Class time: (Meets once/week)
(Wed-4) 1:30-2:50 Fall semester
Pre-requisites for class:
Help us elect the best candy in the country through this semester-long simulation, designed to teach kids the basics of the election process. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, students will be more engaged in the world around them if they understand what is happening. Kids may not be old enough to cast their vote, but that doesn't stop them from learning about responsible citizenship now.
We'll take an age-appropriate look at the second article of the Constitution and explore the following:
Who can be President?
How do you run for office?
Why do we vote?
Who can vote?
Why do we have political parties?
What is the Electoral College and how does it work?
What is the president's job?
Students will explore these, and other questions, through discussions and hands-on simulations. Over the course of 16 weeks, class participants will be assigned a "party" and we'll walk through the election process to elect the best candy in the country. May the best "candy-date" win!
This class is free of political ideology. The objective is to teach students about the process. (Parents, you might be surprised to learn a lot along the way!)
Grades will not be given for this class. Homework is minimal and participation is required. There will be a president report at the end of the semester (details later). There is also an easy-to-read chapter book for students to read (instructor will provide).
Extension activities will be given for optional completion at home.
Required Books & Materials
by Douglas Yacka
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ENROLLING IN THIS COURSE:
This is a one-semester class. Students will have the option to be in study hall or leave in the spring semester.