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Social Studies

The goal of this unit is to have students learn and understand information about Ancient China. Students will look focus in on one particular person. This person is Emperor Qin. As students make their way through the unit, students will have to determine if Qin had a positive or negative effect on Ancient China.

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This activity will have your students locating another person who is a member of an interest group and interview them about their association with that group and its effectiveness in affecting policy. This type of an opportunity will really help your students grasp the prevalence of interest group memberships and investigate the effectiveness of these memberships.

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This exercise will have your students creating a new post to the 'opinion influencer' discussion forum that you will have set up in your class LMS. The goal will be to share one way that each of your students personally have been influenced by the following in regards to public policy, party support, or candidates.

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This activity will help your students to analyze polls prior to letting them sway our opinion on an important topic. Your students will gain experience in recognizing how newspaper articles often cite results of polls to gain our attention or sway our opinion. This important activity will afford them an opportunity to be more discerning when consuming different forms of media as well.

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Various forms of media can be used as powerful tools in an attempt to sway our opinion. For this project your students will produce a 30 second sound bite video that utilizes one or more of the propaganda techniques. They will attempt to sway the classes' opinion on a topic that they have a strong opinion on by way of this brief sound bite.

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This activity will give your students the skills they need to recognize propaganda techniques used in the media to sway our opiniono on important topics. Students will practice matching campaign videos with the techniques used.

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This activity will give your class a chance to act on its own to nominate the most qualified candidate from the class. They will have to discuss various means of nominating and settle on the best process.

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This exercise will be of great benefit for your students by affording them the opportunity to study the nomination and convention process for each party as it now is and determining if it is a fair way to nominate and if the conventions fulfill their stated purposes.

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This activity will be very helpful for having your students locate the polling place for their precinct and determining what a sample ballot will look like. This will be prepare them for voting when they are of age and registered.

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Presidential Primaries vs. Caucuses
This exercise will have your students comparing and contrasting the nomination process. Most states hold primaries, but some state prefer holding a caucus, which is better?

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