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Run for office! Discuss the characteristics that are important for leaders to have. Design a poster showcasing the qualities you have that would win you votes in the next election!
Elections are important events in society. They give people the opportunity to voice their opinions and have a say in decisions being made. Elections also give leaders a chance to shine. During elections, candidates can campaign to win the hearts and votes of the people. What qualities do you think leaders should posses? Does the leader of the school's student council need to have the same skills and characteristics as the leader of a country? Allow time for discussion.
Invite students to make a list of elections familiar to the class. What school clubs hold annual elections? What elections are there in the town? Discuss the qualities students think are important for the candidates to portray in each of these elections. Look at examples of campaign posters with the class. What do the candidates focus on in these posters?
Ask students: What elected position do you think is a good fit for you? Would you like to be Treasurer of your school’s Honor’s Society? Perhaps you dream of one day running for President of the United States!
Ask students to design a campaign poster. Students highlight the qualities they possess that would make the best candidate for the job. On a piece of poster board or oak tag, use Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils to illustrate words and symbols that represent the candidate in the campaign. Remind students to include names so voters will know who to choose. For extra eye-catching sparkle, use Crayola Metallic FX Crayons and Crayola Glitter Crayons to add color and a decorative border to the poster.
Students display posters for the entire class to enjoy!
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