Formative assessment is achieved by observing students as they respond to questions, ask questions, and interact with other students during activities. During this unit, I will monitor my students' progress and modify the instruction accordingly. The students will be able to monitor their own progress as they get feedback from their peers, as well.
Students will campaign for one of the presidential candidates. If you have enough students for four groups, assign two groups the Democrats and the other two groups the Republicans. Each group will present to the class. For example: posters, speeches, campaign slogans, songs, raps, commercials, etc. After the group presentations, the students will cast their secret ballots and the votes will be tallied.
Vocabulary instruction emphasizes building word knowledge, comprehension, and word-learning strategies related to elections and political campaigns.
Students will review election vocabulary with a reading passage, comprehension questions, and a crossword puzzle.
Students will work in groups to research candidates in a real or fictional election and present their findings to the class.