will you vote for?
election web quest
The next president of the
United States will probably appoint several Supreme Court justices, not
to mention lead America through key policy decisions such as:
You can now have a say in who
makes these decisions? Will you vote? And if so, how will you choose who
to vote for?
How will social security be financed
(translation-- will there be social security by the time YOU are 65)?
How will we make sure everyone
had affordable health care?
How can we make sure that everyone
can afford college?
How can we make our planet a
safe and healthy place?
What should we teach in America's
During this class session,
you will participate in this web quest activity so that you can learn about:
One important issue of the campaign
How that issue affects you
How the major candidate feel
about this issue
1. You have been asked by
the Broadside to write an editorial outlining one issue from the upcoming
presidential campaign and recommending who your classmates should vote
for based on this issue. Here are some web sites where you can find out
what the issues are:
2. Once you have decided on your
topic, write one paragraph on your issue explaining why it is important
to you and one paragraph why it is important to the country. Your paragraphs
should mention the websites above and what information you found out from
them. E-mail your paragraphs to Sharon using WebCT's e-mail.
3. Now you will need to find
out the positions of the major candidates on the issues. Visit these web
sites to find out.
4. Now think of how you feel
about the issue and what you think is best for the country. Write a paragraph
on who you think people should vote for based on this one issue. Remember
to support your opinion with facts from the issues web site and statements
from the candidate's web site.
5. Now put it all together.
6. Homework (oh, boy!):
paragraph on your issue explaining
why it is important to you and one paragraph why it is important to the
Comparison of the candidates
position on this issue (organize this into a paragraph)
paragraph on who you think people
should vote for based on this one issue.
into your article. When
you are finished, post it on the WebCT e-discussions.
Conclusion: What does this
activity have to do with University 100?
Read everyone's article and reply
to at least 2, either agreeing or disagreeing with the author and stating
your reason why.
Take the WebCT election survey
to see how the class as a whole feels about these issues and who we think
should be president.
One of the topics
in University 100 is values. College is often a time when your intellectual,
social, cultural, and ethical beliefs are challenged. It is a time for
you to reflect on your life, how you plan to live it, and what your place
in society is. It is also important in college that you think about the
reasons for your beliefs. Your ability to support your opinions
and to argue your case is one of the most important skills that you will
need not only for college but also for your working life. This exercise
on the upcoming elections was an opportunity for you to reflect on important
and controversial issues, take a stand, and defend it.
Decisions made in this and
other elections may also have a significant impact on your life. As an
American citizen or resident, it is important for you to be aware of these
issues and to exercise your right to participate in the decision-making
process, though voting and other forms of participation (letter writing,
Take time to reflect on what
you have learned both about the candidates positions and about your beliefs.
In the next class, we will have some time to discuss this activity and
what we have learned about ourselves and our role in political society.