Teach About US Update // Blog

Teach About US Update // Blog

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Teach About US Update // Blog

Dear Subscriber,

Have you checked our Teach About US Blog lately? Well, I you haven't, there are some new updates that we here at Teach About US think are worth a read. This is why this special newsletter is a little different than usual.

Our bloggers have done a tremendous job reporting on current election issues from places like Washington D.C., Tallahasse, Minneapolis, Vassar, Lüneburg, Ann Arbor, and Indianapolis! They are college and high school students who share their view on the November election and let us peek over their shoulders as they investigate election issues that are important in their own communities and on their school campuses.

So, in this newsletter, we've collected the latest blog posts on the election and hope there's something in it for you - and your students! Make the blog part of your lessons and respond to it by using the comments section below each post.

By the way, would your students (or you) like to write a blog post themselves? Experiences and anecdotes from your project participation, funny or unexpected encounters, pictures from your Moodle successes or failures (we've all been there...), and especially impressions from your transatlantic cooperation? What's your story? Just reply to the newsletter to get this started!

Joannis Kaliampos
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Our recent blog posts include:

Brandon Greenblatt // 06 October 2016 // #Election2016

Vice Presidential Candidates Tim Kaine (D) and Mike Pence (R) took the stage at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia on October 4 for this election season’s only vice presidential debate. The debate, which was moderated by CBS News’ Elaine Quijano, touched on a variety of issues, including immigration, abortion, foreign policy towards Russia and North Korea, terrorism, faith, and presidential temperament. ...Read more.

Edgar Barrios // 04 October 2016 // #Election2016

There’s a lot of excitement in this upcoming election. It has been one of the most unpredictable elections in U.S. history to date. To those who are following this race and trying to anticipate an outcome, there is one factor that cannot be overlooked and that’s the importance of battleground states. Battleground states, or swing states, are states in which there is not an overwhelming majority or support for one party and/or candidate. It is hard to predict which candidate will claim the state’s electoral votes. ...Read more.

Felix Wortmann // 02 October 2016 // #Election2016

Source: TownMapUSAI’m spending this high school year as an exchange student in Vassar, Michigan. Vassar is a small town of just 2,700 residents. Ethnically, it is less diverse than the nation on average: Almost nine out of ten residents are white, almost every tenth resident is African American, and other groups (Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans) make up an extremely small percentage of the population, according to the 2010 census. ...Read more.

Photocredit: CBS NewsAlthough for the past two weeks, my German Media class has discussed Oktoberfest and the War in Syria, the theme selected this past week was the Presidential Debate. Not only does it play a large role in shaping how voters view the presidential candidates; the debate is also one of the primary examples of how the media affects results of the election. The first in a series of three, this debate has racked up the largest number of TV viewers in the history of U.S. elections. ...Read more.

Brandon Greenblatt // 21 September 2016 // #Election2016

With the November 8th presidential election rapidly approaching, I’ve recently found myself looking towards the future. Caught up in a 24/7 news cycle and the constant dialogue between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (as well as Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party), I’ve been thinking more about the next presidential administration than the Obama-era policies of today. ...Read more.

Edgar Barrios // 19 September 2016 // #Election2016

In November, Americans will elect their new President, but did you know that there is a lot more at stake on Election Day? On that same day voters will also elect nearly half members to their national legislation -- the House of Representatives and the Senate, also known as Congress. These two houses are very important in the United States, as they represent one of the three branches that form the American Government. ...Read more.

Janina Schmidt // 18 September 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Dr. Jason JohnsonEarlier this year, our expert on political campaigning and social media, Dr. Jason Johnson, travelled to Germany for a speaker tour that included discussions with high school students and teachers in Hamburg and Berlin. We were lucky to ask him about his take on the evolving election campaign. One thing is already clear: The presidential election 2016 will be of historical significance. ...Read more.

Yells of “Do you like science, even a little bit? Do you love to dance? Does translation interest you?” were echoed across the diag (or the center) of the University of Michigan’s (U of M) campus this past week. The event Festifall introduced various student organizations to new and returning students. This year’s Festifall saw the return and arrival of many of the 1300 organizations active on campus. ...Read more.

Tobias Luthe // 16 September 2016 // #Election2016

Minnesota State Fair, Trump/Pence boothAfter the first four weeks in my new hometown of Minneapolis, where I will spent the upcoming year as an exchange student at the University of Minnesota, I can assure everyone that people here are already focused on the upcoming elections. On November 8, 2016, they will not only decide about the new president but also their congressmen and women in the House of Representatives. ...Read more.

Janina Schmidt // 12 September 2016 // #Election2016 #Experts

Our team of U.S. election experts: Goldfield, Thoet, McCuan, Johnson, Stavroudis, Riley, Sickinger, Garrett.

Have you been wondering recently what demographic will decide the election (hint: keep an eye on single women voters in swing state suburbs on Election Day), what the 2016 trends in political cartoons are, or how social media have become such an important aspect of political campaigning? Then look no farther, because Teach About US is featuring a distinguished team of experts on the 2016 election – and they are ready to answer your questions! ...Read more.

Brandon Greenblatt // 11 September 2016 // #Election2016 #GoingGreen

The Teach About US Blogger Team: Liz Subrin, Janina Schmidt, Brandon Greenblatt, Tobias Luthe, Edgar Barrios, Emily Young; not pictured: Felix Wortmann.

All of us here at Teach About Us are very excited to resume work on this excellent project! We will begin to post content for the Election 2016 blog later this week, but, in the meantime, take a few minutes and get to know our new team of interns. They come from very diverse backgrounds, and we hope you'll enjoy learning from them over the next few months! Joining the project this year are ...Read more.

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