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After a semester of study, the Seminole Middle Personalized Learning Academy students will conduct a Seminole community convention in which they will present their parties' platforms, offer candidates' speeches, and host public debates before allowing the Seminole community to vote on a candidate of their choice to represent their community in a mock presidential election. This will be done using the most current app technology and an interactive educational website to provide real time results during the convention.

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Election Seminole 2016

School:
Seminole Middle School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Deborah Love 
 
Lynda Burdette, Deanna Russo, Dillon Warren 
Students Impacted:
300 
Grade:
Date:
August 24, 2016

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Pinellas Education Foundation - Tag - $1,119.00

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Goal

After a semester of study, the Seminole Middle Personalized Learning Academy students will conduct a Seminole community convention in which they will present their parties' platforms, offer candidates' speeches, and host public debates before allowing the Seminole community to vote on a candidate of their choice to represent their community in a mock presidential election. This will be done using the most current app technology and an interactive educational website to provide real time results during the convention. 

 

What will be done with my students

Prior to the actual community convention to be held at Seminole High School on December 15, the students will have a kick-off to the project by the Seminole mayor, Mayor Leslie Waters. They also will learn more about parties and their platforms from representatives of the Young Democrats and Young Republican parties who have agreed to meet with them and discuss how platforms are established. Students will study the Constitution, political, and electoral system in America as well as research issues that concern American voters. They will create their own political parties based on issues they research and deem most important Students will study the views of the founding fathers and compare/debate current issues from both historical and current points of view. We will also bring in real voting machines for our students to have an election day to experience a real-time election. 

 

Benefits to my students

There are many benefits to a project of this magnitude. First, we are hoping that involving students in a realistic simulation of the election
process will give them an understanding of the importance of voting on the issues and an understanding of the party system in America. Secondly, we believe that this project will help our students understand the importance of becoming an involved citizen who takes the responsibility of voting seriously and who will also understand the importance of public service. Thirdly, we believe it will give our students more of a connection with their community and the leaders of their community; they will realize how their leaders work for them and will know whom to contact to get things accomplished. Finally, our students will benefit from the experiences involved with public speaking, advertising campaigns, analyzing propaganda, addressing and interacting with the public, speech writing, and debating issues. 

 

Describe the Students

There are a variety of students in the program: 144 of the students are gifted, 66 of the students are in the Personalized Learning Academy (cross-curricular program including history, science and language arts), and the remaining students are in the eighth grade general education classes. This group includes students with 504s and IEPs, minority students, students on free and reduced lunch, and high achieving students. They will all be working together in this program, performing a variety of roles. Some of the students will be the candidates. Some of the students will be campaign managers. Others will work as speech writers, lobbyists, advertising specialists, convention workers, the Founding Fathers, researchers, etc. Everyone will have a role in helping to put the convention together and to create the parties, draft the platforms, and prepare the candidates for the debates and their speeches. 

 

Budget Narrative

The paper, markers, and glue sticks will be used to create the campaign spreads for the candidates as they present their platforms at the convention. The
dedicated printer will really be needed to produce the work for the presentation boards, the speeches, the debate research, the community issue surveys, and all the paperwork associated with the work of the convention. The 70 copies of Election 2016 "The Road to the White House" by Scholastic will be used as an important part of the learning process of the electoral system in America as the students prepare for the convention in Seminole. The button maker, bunting, balloons, and patriotic supplies will be used at the convention as part of the interactive community event. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Scholastic Election Workbooks (70) $209.30
2 Printer $113.07
3 4 dozen gold & silver Sharpie markers $81.92
4 4 dozen red, blue & black Sharpie markers $77.88
5 10 boxes of 8 colored markers $40.00
6 6 pkg. of red, white, blue construction $52.02
7 triboards $280.00
8 200 ft. Bunting $89.99
9 Mega Patriotic Assortments $113.99
10 144 Red/white/blue name buttons $16.99
11 2 reams ofwhite card stock $13.66
12 1 box of copy paper $24.76
  Total: $1,119.00

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