Campaign Finance

Main Objective

Students will develop a basic understanding of how candidates raise funds, what campaign contributions are spent on, the history of campaign finance reform, and the reasons for and against campaign reform.

Additional Objectives

  • be able to define campaign finance.
  • develop an understanding for campaign donations.
  • identify what candidates use their donations for.
  • analyze how campaign finance laws have changed over time.
  • debate if political contributions give undue influence to donors.
  • identify if campaign contribution limits violates free speech.
90
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download Lesson Plan

-Introduction: Campaign Spending Data 1960-2008

-Direct Instruction: PPT: Day 8- Campaign Finance with interactive notes

-Structured Academic Controversy- Campaign Finance

HW: Campaign Finance Strategy Assignment

Materials

-Introduction:

  1. Campaign Spending Data 1960-2008.docx
  2. Computer/tablet/phone with internet access

– Direct Instruction: Campaign Finance

  1. Day 8-Campaign Finance.pptx
  2. Campaign Finance Interactive Notes.docx
  3. Web link for video on slide 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcnkgDHU9I8

– Structured Academic Controversy-Campaign Finance

  1. Structured Academic Controversy-Campaign Finance.docx

– HW: Campaign Finance Strategy

  1. Campaign Finance Strategy.docx
  2. Computer/tablet/phone with internet access
60
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download Lesson Plan

-Direct Instruction: PPT: Day 8-Campaign Finance with interactive notes

-Structured Academic Controversy- Campaign Finance

HW: Campaign Finance Strategy Assignment

Materials

-Direct Instruction: Campaign Finance

  1. Day 8-Campaign Finance.pptx
  2. Campaign Finance Interactive Notes.docx
  3. Web link for video on slide 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcnkgDHU9I8

-Structured Academic Controversy-Campaign Finance

  1. Structured Academic Controversy-Campaign Finance.docx

-HW: Campaign Finance Strategy

  1. Campaign Finance Strategy.docx
  2. Computer/tablet/phone with internet access
30
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download Lesson Plan

-Direct Instruction: PPT: Day 8- Campaign Finance with interactive notes

HW: Campaign Finance Strategy Assignment

Materials

-Direct Instruction: Campaign Finance

  1. Day 8-Campaign Finance.pptx
  2. Campaign Finance Interactive Notes.docx
  3. Web link for video on slide 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcnkgDHU9I8

-HW: Campaign Finance Strategy

  1. Campaign Finance Strategy.docx
  2. Computer/tablet/phone with internet access

Standards


Iowa Core: SS.9-12.PSCL.1
Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the values of lifelong civic action.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.PSCL.5
Understand strategies for effective political action that impact local, state, and national governance.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.H.2
Understand how and why people create, maintain or change systems of power, authority, and governance.
Iowa Core: WHST.11-12.7
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Iowa Core: RH.11-12.7
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Iowa Core: RH.11-12.2
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.