Many American adults may want to register for class at Urban
Middle School this week in order to get a refresher on the American
The seventh grade students are engaging in a mock election which
will involve everything from researching candidates and understanding
the issues to campaigning and debating the candidates and voting.
Each of the team 7-2 social studies classes is creating their
own candidate, for a total of three candidates. Each class is challenged
to invent a candidate, develop campaign materials, campaign for
their candidate to the entire student body and present the candidate
at the convention.
Students will campaign October 26-27.
The convention is open to the entire school and will be held
Tuesday, October 28 in the school's auditorium. Final votes
will be cast on November 4.
Throughout the program students will learn about each of the
branches of government, ascertain what the significance is of the
role of president, delve into America's election process,
research the characteristics and attributes of past presidents
and research current issues that are being considered during this
Throughout the process students will learn about seven propaganda
techniques which are used as a way of persuading, convincing and
On Convention Preparation Day students will have the responsibility
of finalizing candidate/party paraphernalia and delegating students
to role-play needed personnel (i.e. security, family members, dignitaries
On Convention Day parties will meet in the auditorium to present
and support their candidates. The final votes will be cast on November
Before voting students will understand the requirements of a
United States president; what characteristics, background and experiences
a candidate should have; and compare their feelings for each issue
to the candidate's viewpoint.