4 Classroom Activities for the Presidential Election - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers
With our presidential election just days away, most of us have been bombarded with news, campaign ads, water cooler discussions, and punditry that we may have election fatigue. But it is important to get our students engaged as much as they can with what will one day be their duty to choose who will represent them in the government. While this may seem to be a job for the social studies teacher, we language teacher can play a part, too. Here are a few activities to incorporate the election theme in your class while still working with the language skills you need your students to master.
- Have students research the leaders of Spanish-speaking countries. They can find out how long the president/prime minister can hold office, major political parties, the name of the presidential residence (we have the White House; Spain has the Palacio Moncloa, Chile La Moneda, Argentina La Casa Rosada), which countries have elected women or minorities president, and any other interesting or unusual fact about the president or presidency. Have students create a poster to show with a brief presentation to the class. Display the posters in your room. Discuss any common points between the leaders and our president. As a wrap up, you can have a trivia game about the information students presented.
- Have students talk and write about what characteristics a president should have. You can have students write about whether or not our current candidates have these qualities, or who they would like to see be president.
- Have students come up with campaign slogans in Spanish for the presidential candidates. You may choose to talk about how the Hispanic vote has become more and more important and what the candidates do or should do to reach Hispanic voters.
- Have a presidential election in your class. Divide your class into groups. The groups will decide which one of them will be the candidate, decide on the things their candidate will do in office, design a campaign with slogans and posters, and depending on the ability level of the class, have a mini-debate before holding elections.
These activities can use a variety of vocabulary and skills. From past tense forms when presenting biographies, to adjectives and the verbs ser or estar, to comparing and contrasting, commands, future tense, conditionals, or subjunctive voice, you can tailor these activities to fit your needs. So jump on the bandwagon!
Do you do any activities that relate to the elections? We’d love to hear what you do. In the meantime, don’t forget to vote on November 6 (if you don’t have the chance to do so before that).
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