Session three: decisions

American Election_Session 3 Sweet Decisions

Please don't look ahead if you haven't done the session yet in the classroom, as that'll ruin the fun!

STEP 1

Read through the scenario o the right and answer the questions. Make sure you explain your decision.

Which option gives you the most power? Can you explain how this might link to voting for a president?

STEP 2

For the next activity, you'll need a die or you can use an online one here. You'll be making up a American voter and thinking about the choices they'll make in the election.

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STEP 3

Now your have your character, put yourself in their shoes.

2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ POLICIES

Think about your character. What do you think is important to them? Read each category and decide whose policy they would they agree with the most.

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Overall, which candidate do you think your character would choose?

  • What influenced your character the most? E.g. age, occupation.
  • What influenced your character the least? E.g. age, occupation.
  • How easy was it to make a decision on behalf of your character?
  • If you were an American voter, who would you vote for? Why?

CHALLENGE: a loyal voter always votes for the same party. Imagine a loyal Democratic voter and a loyal Republican voter. What kind of arguments could you make to encourage them to change their minds?


STEP 4

Some challenging questions:

  • How easy is it to predict what a Democratic voter or Republican voter might be like?
  • What assumptions (judgements) have you made about people who vote for a certain party? For example, all people who vote for the Democrats are X.
  • Do all voters with a similar profile vote the same way?
  • What else might affect how you vote?
  • Some people say this election is less about policies and more about the personalities. What do you think this means?

STEP 5

Sometimes politicians talk about particular groups of people as though they will vote the same way. For example, that all teachers will vote for one party, or that all young people will vote for another party. In this election Joe Biden and Donald Trump have been talking about what they call the “Black vote” (how Black people will vote).

When I hear people talk about the Black vote, what I hear is a loss of individuality.

K.J. Kearney, a Black American man and ex-politician

Do you agree with K.J. Kearney? How might someone feel about being grouped with other voters based on their race/gender/anything else? Would a voter feel more or less powerful if they were put into a group? Why?


Over to you!

Head to the comments section below to share some of your thoughts on the activities and see what club members in other schools think.

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