Highlighting 8th Grade Social Studies
Historians in Mr. Mattia’s class are campaigning for the election of 1800. In order to demonstrate their knowledge of the differences between Federalists and Democratic Republicans, students were tasked with crafting a keynote speech for one of the parties, and creating a political banner for the opposite party. Each student wrote their speech from the voice and perspective of either Thomas Jefferson, or Alexander Hamilton, and were required to include that individual’s ideas and beliefs about human nature, the best form of government for the United States, the ideal economy, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and relations with France and Britain.
For the political banner, students were required to effectively use propaganda techniques to sway members of the other party to their side. Banners include time and voice appropriate slogans, images of the party’s founder, and visual symbols intended to illustrate how Americans would benefit under the leadership of that particular party. Next week, students will have the opportunity to present their speeches and banners during an in-class political rally.
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