Election Central engages students in learning about campaigns for political office. The standards-based curriculum consists of five interactive activities, putting students in the roles of candidates, campaign staff, and community members.
Activity 1: Running for Office places students on a mayoral campaign team, where they learn about campaigning and create ads.
Activity 2: Get the Youth Vote gives students information on young people’s voting rates and strategies for attracting the youth vote and asks them to create a strategy for the campaign.
Activity 3: Policy & Platforms informs students about the public agenda and public policy and lets them analyze policy proposals using a framework.
Activity 4: Endorsements puts students in the roles of local groups and campaign teams seeking endorsements from these groups.
Activity 5: Press Conference lets students take the roles of candidates, campaign staff, and reporters in a simulated press conference. Each activity promotes:
- Critical thinking and positive dispositions about the political process.
- Understanding of campaign and election processes.
- A focus activity to introduce concepts and content.
- An application using interactive methodology such as role plays, simulations, active discussion, and cooperative learning.
- An informal assessment through discussion of student-created products or presentations to ensure student understanding of key concepts.