Johnathan GomezDr. BlancoCI 3501984 U.S. Presidential Election WebquestIntroductionYou just turned 18 years old, just in time to vote in the 1984 Presidential Election. Youhave narrowed your choices down to the Republican Party candidate (Ronald Reagan) and theDemocratic Party candidate (Walter Mondale). You realize as a voter it is your job to be asinformed as possible to make your choice on whom to vote for, and that is what you want to do.TaskThe learners will be able to make an informed decision on which candidate they wouldvote for in the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election as if they were voting in it as it happened.ProcessHere is where the students will get into learning the information. I have listed threewebsites in the resources that the students are required to view and read all three of the websitesin the resources as well.The first step is where each student must read the article from the Encyclopedia Britannicawebsite. This will give them the background they need to get a start on their research on whichcandidate will get their vote. There will be no assessment here for this step because it purely thelearners gaining background information for what is coming and what will proceed in the 1984election.The second step is where a lot of the lesson takes place. This is where the learner will take thecampaign materials website and review all the brochures on the candidates and for their firstchoice of who they will support in the election. They will also review the television ads that arethere as well. Also, the learners are going to campaign the class for their candidate. They will
divide into groups of supports of each candidate and canvas other students both in the classwhom are undecided and some of the students in cooperating teachers’ classes. In addition thosewhom are in support of a candidate will have to print out the sticker of said candidate and displayit on their desk like it was a yard sign. Those whom are undecided will get notecards that say "Iam Undecided Tell Me About the Candidates." This step will last the whole lesson until theteacher holds an "Election Day" where the video from the night of the 1984 Presidential Electionshowing the winner is played in the classroom.The third step is played in the middle of the second. This will be after the students divide up intogroups; the teacher will spend a couple of days showing the 1984 debate in the classroom for thestudents.Lastly, will reflect on their feelings to the 1984 Presidential Election in a podcast after the"Election Day" and tell about their experience with the project and how they felt after doing allthe campaigning and such and how winning or losing the election felt. The podcasts will be theassessment used by the teacher.Resources: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1575886/United-States-presidential-election-of-1984 http://www.4president.org/ocmi1984.htmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jj_xt5G1sFEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e4t1qKGFaoEvaluationThe evaluation on this webquest is really quite simple. The student will be evaluatedindividually on a podcast they on their feelings to the 1984 Presidential Election after the"Election Day" and tell about their experience with the project and how they felt after doing allthe campaigning and such and how winning or losing the election felt. The grading will beplaced on the completion on the podcast, it being email to the teacher, and if the student presentsthe teacher with a series of good facts supporting their feelings. Some of the expected things tobe expressed in the podcast is: The feeling when you see youre candidates name at the readingof the election results, how do you go about your campaigning & what do you think you didgood and bad for campaigning and what will you do better next time. In addition, the studentshould address why the supported their candidate and at three good reasons to that question. Therest of the 2-3 minute podcast should be them addressing the way the feel about the 1984Presidential Election as a whole and what made it so historical in their eyes.