photo of campaign signs in desert scape next to sidewalk

Elections Aren’t Just for President

We’ve only just begun with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, but you and your students may already be sick and tired of the presidential campaigns. If that’s the case, why not look at other electoral subjects? Focus on state and local races, or on national issues.

Start with Chapter 7: Campaigns and Voting in WorldView Software’s U.S. Government. Learn the basics of campaigning, including the various functions that each campaign has to fulfill successfully in order to win. And learn about the various things that can be decided by a vote including recall of officials, referenda, and initiatives, and how they get on the ballot.

Then either look at local campaigns — which may love to have your students as volunteers! or at national campaigns such as attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution. One such attempt is being put forward by a group called Move to Amend, whose core issue is displeasure with campaign finance.

What are the issues that concern your students?

[The featured image is of campaign signs for the 2006 Arizona elections, including Tucson propositions and local candidates, taken by Wikimedia Commons user GURoadrunner.]

BulbgraphOnOffHelp ELL students acquire vocabulary by using the glossary’s audio files. Definitions + pronunciation = oral and textual word recognition.

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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