This course section introduces you to the U.S. Embassy School Election Project and your adopted U.S. state. In the next weeks, you will become a 'virtual
citizen' of one U.S. state, an expert on its population, and predict how it is going to vote on Election Day.
Section 1 introduces you to the electoral system of the U.S. Learn how the President of the U.S. is elected, what happens during the individual phases
of the election campaign, and why it is necessary to focus on the individual states.
Take a quiz on the U.S. electoral system and compete against your classmates. One person (a classmate or your teacher) must set up the quiz and share the quiz code with the class. A registration is not required.
This section contains the state fact sheets with loads of information, statistics, and further resources to help you predict, how the citizens of your state will vote on Election Day.
2. The Candidates
Section 2 is about the two candidates, Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump. Learn about their biographical background, their public personas, and their perception
by the American public. This includes different text types: political advertisements, campaign websites and social media, and political cartoons.
Section 3 explores the topics and issues that American voters will be discussing this fall. This includes getting an overview of the 2020 campaign
issues, researching select issues in more detail, and finding out where the candidates stand on these issues.
Section 4 is the most important section of the project: Here you will return to the focus on your adopted state, get to know its history, culture,
population, and local news media. Is your state going to turn red or blue? Make a well-researched prediction and participate in the school competition.
This section contains useful online resources that will help you design a creative outcome to present your election prediction. For example, you will find web tools to create timelines, videos, presentations, comics, etc. Also, take a look at the resources for royalty-free images, videos, and audio.
If your course is working together with a (German or American) transatlantic partner, this section offers so-called 'tandem activities' that will help you to get to know each other and cooperate on the election project.
These resources are meant for German and U.S. teachers collaborating in the same course. Resources in this section are invisible to students.
Tasks in this category are intended for the first phase of your virtual exchange. These activities will help your students get to know each other, including their peers schools, home towns and states, and develop rapport and trust between both sides.
Tasks in this category engage learners in going one step further and carrying out comparisons or analyses of cultural products from both cultures and exploring differences, similarities, and below-the-surface information about both sides.
Tasks in this category ask learners to work together to produce a joint product or conclusion, such as the prediction of the election outcome. These tasks involve a great deal of coordination and planning but also bring about substantial amounts of negotiation of meaning both on linguistic and cultural levels as learners strive to reach agreement on their final product.
Assessment and reflection
Activities and resources in this section provide some useful ideas for engaging your students in reflection about their virtual exchange and possible ways of including assessment in this teaching unit.