ERIC Number: ED247203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Citizenship Education in Michigan Schools: A Mock Election and Political Awareness Resource Guide. Secondary Level.
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
An eight-chapter resource guide helps high school students become actively involved in the presidential election process. Chapter 1 contains directions for student participation in the 1984 Michigan statewide mock election; these directions are easily adaptable to other state and local mock election projects. Included are sample voter application and balloting forms and planning, scheduling, and election analysis guidelines for teachers. Student activities in chapter 2 have the objectives of examining political philosophies and understanding political terms. Activities in chapter 3 focus on the function, platforms, and histories of American political parties. Chapter 4 examines the role of lobbyists, Political Action Committees, and other special interest groups in the electoral process. Chapter 5, "New Hampshire to November," helps students understand the progression of activities leading up to and including the election. The process of securing a place on the ballot; the roles of committees, caucuses, and conventions; campaign financing; and the electoral college are examined in separate learning activities. In chapter 6, "Campaign Techniques," students study the media, political cartoons, and advertising. The final two chapters, chapter 7 and 8, examine students' rights and responsibilities as voters. An appendix contains resources, acknowledgements, and a copy of the Lobby Registration Act. (LP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Elections, High Schools, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Lobbying, Mass Media, Political Issues, Political Science, Politics, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Simulation, Student Responsibility, Student Rights, United States Government (Course), Units of Study, Voting
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
Identifiers: Media Role; Presidential Campaigns; Presidential Candidates; Special Interest Groups