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Summer SAVY, Session 3 Day 3, The Road to the White House (5th – 6th)

Posted by on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

Dear SAVY Families,  

We began by reviewing our exit ticket from yesterday. The students provided strong reasons for why we have a system with checks and balances in place. After that, we analyzed our copies of the U.S. Constitution to locate the “Roles and Responsibilities” of the President of the United States. We divided into two groups and made posters on chart paper to show our understanding. 

The students learned about the purpose of political parties and political campaigns. We also took a moment to look at the Democrat and Republican platforms. Each of the major parties has documents that are available online with written statements. We only looked at the opening preambles of each. We also used our workbooks to review a list of independent parties in America. 

After that, the students were allowed to form political parties or participate as journalists. Because our class is condensed, our newly formed political parties will be focusing on the issue of “education”. They may choose to present party ideas related to any aspect of education. Each group also chose their own party name. It was truly a fun simulation to have. They are very excited about our political convention scheduled for tomorrow, as well as our debates and elections that are taking place on Friday. 

As much as possible, we are keeping our classroom neutral. I am sharing the curriculum with the students, but we are not sharing our own personal political views. It has been amazing to read the actual U.S. Constitution with the students and hear their thoughts as they review it for the first time. I truly believe that they will have a deeper understanding of our American political system as a result of being in this course. 

As you have conversations at home this evening, please discuss the Day 3 Exit Ticket: How might changes in society, technology, and transportation explain some differences in leadership qualities? How has campaigning changed because of these changes in American society? 

Thank you for sharing your students with me. I hope you have a great evening! 

Dr. Dunlap