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Webquest to find government offices and candidates running for office

Webquest to find government offices and candidates running for office

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  • 1. Finding Candidates For Your Local, State, and National Government Web Quest
  • 2. Introduction
    • We the People have a civic responsibility to participate in government
    • Voting is a common action in participation
    • It is vitally important to educate ourselves about the people running for office
    • This Quest will help you to educate yourself and make an informed decision on Election Day
  • 3. Task
    • By the end of this Quest you will be able to find credible sources of information about the individuals running for office and then use the information to make an informed decision about who to vote for on election day
    • Your task is to select a local, state, or national office or more to quickly understand its responsibilities
    • Use the resources provided to research the candidates running for office
    • Use the template provided to compare and contrast the candidates for your preference
    • Reflect and think about your decision
  • 4. Process
    • Select the sites linked on the resources page (up next) to research the government office and to find a comprehensive list of candidates running for office that represent you
    • Use the other links for finding out about the offices and candidates
    • Select the links for the individual candidates you choose to research
    • Take notes of the specific positions and policy proposals of the candidates
    • View an example after the resources page to create a visual diagram of comparison and contrast for the candidates
  • 5. Resources
    • Source of State and Congressional Candidates and Local News
    • Find out who represents you currently
    • Find local and county government info
    • Project Vote Smart
    • Indiana Elections and Elected Officials
    • Great map locator of local, state, national officials
  • 6. Example Pros/Cons Diagram Results/Summary Cons for Candidate Pros for Candidate Issue/Position 4 Issue/Position 3 Issue/Position 2 Issue/Position 1 Candidate #2 Candidate #1
  • 7. Evaluation
    • Describe the office of government you are researching for finding the candidates
    • Create your own diagram or pros/cons list to analyze the candidates for your selection
    • Use the rubric (next page) for creating your description and diagram
  • 8. Finding and Researching Government Candidates Student barely or did not provide any information or detail in comparing and/or contrasting candidates (1 or no points of description) Student provided little information or detail in comparing and/or contrasting candidates (1 point of description) Student provided some detailed information in comparing and contrasting candidates (2 points of description) Student provided detailed information for comparing and contrasting candidates (3 or more points of description) Candidate Compare/Contrast Diagram: Student barely used or did not describe the office (1 or no points of description) Student used little information for describing the office (1 point of description) Student provided some information for describing the office (2 points of description) Student provided detailed information and examples for describing the office (3 or more points of description) Description of Government Office: Student used one or no links for research for researching offices and candidates Students used some links for researching offices or candidates Student used most available links for researching offices and candidates Student used all available and additional links for researching offices and candidates Government Office and Candidate Research: 1. Novice 2. Apprentice 3. Proficient 4. Distinguished
  • 9. Conclusion
    • After your research and careful thought about the candidates, reflect on your decision
    • Does the candidate represent what you want from government for the people
    • Please visit the Forum at Mr. Finkbiner’s Website HERE to share your thoughts about the Web Quest and candidates running for office (remember to use facts and be respectful)
    • Discussing your knowledge and views can further educate yourself and others
  • 10. Indiana Academic Standards
    • USG.3.16 Explain the organization of state and local governments in Indiana and analyze how they affect the lives of citizens
    • USG.5.3 Analyze the roles of citizens in Indiana and the United States
    • USG.5.12 Use information from a variety of resources to describe and discuss American political issues such as environmental issues, women’s rights and affirmative action.
    • USG.5.9 Describe opportunities available to individuals to contribute to the well-being of their communities and participate responsibly in the political process at local, state and national levels of government

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