Writers write well when they know the topic.
This year in this season, students are discussing the hot topic of elections. Who will be the next President? To help students clarify their limited knowledge, we are investigating the issues of the major candidates. Students will read and take notes from Weekly Reader, Scholastic, and other sites that explain the issues. Then they will discuss the issues with their family so they can sort out the issues important to all of them. It's a great opportunity for family discussions.
Finally, we will vote in the Weekly Reader and the National Mock Election.
Our goal is to learn the process of becoming President of the United States and to learn how to make an informed choice in candidates, based on family input from factual discussions.
How informed are you? Do you know enough to write about the issues? Hopefully, our students will. Democracy in action -- kid style.