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One of the best things was definitely listening to lectures, both the ones Mrs. Hawkins created and the Teaching Company lectures she provided for us. I had not listened to lectures in previous history courses, and in this class, I realized how beneficial it was. 

Mock Presidential Election

AP U.S. Government and Politics, Daniel Burns


Mock Presidential Election

 Mock Presidential Election


Task: You will be assigned to work on a Presidential Campaign. Political parties may include Democrats, Republicans, Greens, and Libertarians.


Role 1: The Presidential Candidate:

After being assigned a political party to represent, the candidate must prepare for a Mock Presidential debate, and learn the platform of the party he or she is supposed to represent. The candidate will demonstrate the various roles a Presidential candidate performs during an election.


As part of the grade for this activity, the Candidate:



Role 2: Campaign Media Team:

Advisors who are part of the candidate’s media team will create two campaign TV advertisements demonstrating various advertising techniques discussed in class.


Role 3: Campaign Finance Team:

Advisors who are part of the candidate’s finance team must plan a fundraiser and develop a campaign budget for the candidate. 


Using a power point presentation:



Role 4: Campaign Issues Team:

Advisors who are part of the candidate’s issues team must:




Wrap Up Focus Questions

  1. What contributions did you make to the political campaign you worked on? Cite specific examples of activities you participated in or contributions you made.
  2. What were some of the strengths of the group? Weaknesses? What advice and support did you offer?
  3. What were some strengths of the campaign you presented? Weaknesses?
  4. Would you vote for this campaign if given the choice? Why or why not?
  5. What obstacles do third parties play in elections? Did you see any of these obstacles play out in class? Explain.
  6. Do you enjoy working on campaigns? If so, why, if not, why not?


Wrap Up Movie Options:


American President

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