Tim and Moby / The electoral system
- Preliminary activities
- A quiz: What do you know about elections in the US?
- A game about the candidates' biographies to practise asking questions
- Grammar: comparing/opposing the candidates
Songs and TV spots for Obama's 2008 campaign
"Yes We Can"
"We are the ones"
- Song: fill in the blanks
Will.i.am's song "It's a New Day"
- Fill in the blanks with the missing verbs
- Song: sing the beginning of the song (sung in the video but not in the song)
- PBS Learning media: General Election
- Common Craft: Electing a US president... in plain English
- Just for fun - Howcast: how to become president
Rhythm, Rhyme, Results: Learning the names of the 44 presidents
Democratic National Convention 2012
- A video compilation shows 12 memorable moments from past debates. Vote for your favorite.
- Voice of America (Oct 3, 2012): How to Win a Debate, Presidential or Otherwise
- Video of First Debate Between Obama and Romney - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
- Articles: after the first debate
- Debate Praise for Romney as Obama Is Faulted as Flat - NYT
- Obama Team Tries to Change Course After Debate Disappoints - NYT
- Teaching With the Presidential Debates - NYT Learning Network
- USA Today's Political Ad Tracker: videos, transcript and analyses
- The Washington Times's AdWatch - The best and worst 2012 campaign commercials with fact checking and analysis provided by the Associated Press.
- 2004 Lesson plan from the NYT Learning Network (Task: in groups, research a particular issue from a specific point of view in order to create their own campaign advertisements)
- Flocabulary's Presidential Campaign Ads Lesson Plan, with videos of former presidents
- Museum of the moving image: campaign commercials 1952-2012
- Pictures from fomer campaigns (Le Monde, 2000) Thanks to Jerôme Junisson
- Washington Post article about the cost of TV campaigns
A short, public service film starring Sean Penn and Kid Rock. "The goal of the film is to tear down the one-dimensional political stereotypes portrayed by the media by confronting them head on".
From Uncle Tom's Cabin to Obama's election
- Séquence by Emilangues for collège students: De la case de l'Oncle Tom à l'élection d'Obama, la longue route vers la liberté
Cette séquence pédagogique aborde la question noire aux États-Unis à travers trois œuvres majeures de la littérature américaine : Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn et To Kill a Mockingbird. En tâche finale, les élèves imaginent les réactions et les impressions que Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain et Harper Lee auraient pu partager à l’écoute du discours de Barack Obama pendant la campagne présidentielle de 2008. Le travail fait en classe se prolonge naturellement par une invitation à la lecture en autonomie de plus larges extraits des romans étudiés.
More links and documents
- General links about the 2012 elections and candidates
- - National Paralegal College: Presidential Powers (special thanks to Tyler!)
- - Pocantico Hill Central School: All about electing a president of the US
- - Ben's guide to US government for kids: a text
- - BIO.:The 2012 candidates' biographies
- - NYT, The Learning Network: Elections 2012, an overview
- - American students talks about the US elections
- - How to become president poster
- - Famous people lessons - Lesson plan on Barack Obama
- - Time for Kids: US elections with the candidates' biographies: Meet Barack Obama & Meet Mick Romney
- - BBC Newsround: How do the US presidential elections work?
- - ELLE: Letter from the first lady (Oct. 16, 2012)Michelle Obama opens up to ELLE readers about the future of American women
- Colleagues' ressources
- - Complete sequence adapted from the NYT lesson plan on campaign strategy: Mathilde Serhan (Collège Lycée Cours Bastide, Marseille) created this instructional sequence for a Terminale class. It corresponds to the notion "lieux et formes du pouvoir", and it's problematic is "what strategies do candidates use to be elected?" See the 6 documents here (GoogleDocs)
- - Fabienne Arnoux (Lycée Bristol, Cannes)'s documents (Mediafire)
- - Agnieszka Vignol (collège Ste Marie, Chartres)'s documents (Dropbox)
- - Michelle Henry's websites: 1 & 2 (RESCOL - Ressources pour le collège)
- - Jannien Jolain's (collège, ac. Poitiers) documents for 3ème(Mediafire)
- - Philippe Hattais's blog for 3e euros: What do the candidates want?
- - Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: The Best Resources For Learning About The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election