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Unit #6: The Age of Jackson - In The Wake of Jackson And The Rise Of The Modern
Political Campaign
Learning Target: I can COMPARE the political campaign strategies used in the Election of 1840 with the political campaign strategies used today in modern elections.   

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Follow the directions below.  You will be creating a tab for this assignment after you have added this lesson's learning target to your LiveBinder.

1.  Open the "Learning Targets" tab in your LiveBinder.  Copy the learning target above into your LiveBinder.  Be sure to include today's date. 

2.  Create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "In The Wake Of Jackson". 

3.  Now click on "content" > "text" > "text-media" option. 


Red Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: Meet President Martin Van Buren!

1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: Meet President Martin Van Buren"

2.  Conduct an Internet seach for an image of President Martin Van Buren.  Save the image to your computer and upload the image to your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Take a few moments to watch The History Channel's President's Video about Martin Van Buren

4.  New explore the information in boxes 1-3 of the materials to learn more about the life and presidency of Martin Van Buren.  You can also conduct your own Internet research to find out more about Martin Van
     Buren as President.  

    


5.  Make a list of at least 15 facts about Martin Van Buren in your LiveBinder text box

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Part II: The Election of 1840


1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: The Election of 1840"
 
2.  Explore the information in boxes 10-18 of the materials to learn more about the Election of 1840.   You can also conduct your own Internet research to find out more about the Election of 1840. 

3.  After you have explored the materials about the Election of 1840, answer the questions below in your LiveBinder text box:

     A.  Who were the two candidates running for president in 1840?  What political party did each of these candidates represent?

     B.  Before the Election of 1840, how did each of the candidates serve their country?  Be sure to give details.

     C.  List at least THREE characteristics of William Henry Harrison's "Log Cabin Campaign"

     D.  What were some of the things William Henry Harrison critisized about Martin Van Buren in the Election of 1840? 

     E.  What was William Henry Harrison's famous campaign slogan? 

     F.  Which states did Martin Van Buren win in the Election of 1840?  Which states did William Henry Harrison win in the Election of 1840?


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Part III: Analyzing Primary Sources
 

1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part III: Analyzing Primary Sources"

2.  Explore the William Henry Harrison campaign posters in boxes 11, 12, and 14 of the materials.  In your LiveBinder text box answer the following question in a well written paragraph (7-9 sentences):
   
     * Based on what you see in the poster, what do you think William Henry Harrison wanted people to think of him and his candidacy for presient?  Be sure to include specific examples
        from the posters.

3.  Learn more about William Henry Harrison's 1840 Campaign by watching The History Channel's Presidents Video About William Henry Harrison

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Part IV: Modern Political Campaign Strategies

1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part IV: Modern Political Campaign Strategies"

2.  With your group if possible, brainstorm a list of strategies modern political campaigns use to try and convince people to vote for their candidates.  For example, political candidates often attend pancake
     breakfasts and kiss babies.  You and your group should come up with as many strategies as possible.  You can make your lis in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  Watch the video about modern political campaigning in box 19 of the materials.  Highlight in green any of the campaign strategies you listed while brainstorming above in your LiveBinder text box.  You should
     also add to the list any other strategies discussed in the video. 

4.  Choose ONE of the questions below.  Use what you have learned to write a well written paragraph (7-9 sentences) in your LiveBinder text box:

     A.  Describe the ways in which the Election of 1840 was like a modern political campaign. 

          or

     B.  Explain ways in which social media has once again changed how political campaigns encourage voters to choose their candidates. 


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 *If time remains, enjoy a high quality PowerPoint presentation about In The Wake Of Jackson!

White Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: Meet President William Henry Harrison!

1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: Meet President William Henry Harrison"

2.  Conduct an Internet search for an image of President William Henry Harrison.  Save the image to your computer and upload the image to your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Take a few moments to watch The History Channel's Presidents Video About William Henry Harrison

     

4.  Explore the information in boxes 4-6 of the materials to learn more about the life and presidency of William Henry Harrison.  You can also conduct your own Internet research to find out more about William
     Henry Harrison as President.  

    

5.  Make a list of at least 10 facts about William Henry Harrison in your LiveBinder text box

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Part II: The Election of 1840


1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: The Election of 1840"

2.  Explore the information in boxes 10-18 of the materials to learn more about the Election of 1840.   You can also conduct your own Internet research to find out more about the Election of 1840. 

3.  After you have explored the materials about the Election of 1840, answer the questions below:

     A.  Who were the two candidates running for president in 1840?  What political party did each of these candidates represent?

     B.  Before the Election of 1840, how did each of the candidates serve their country?  Be sure to give details.

     C.  List at least TWO characteristics of William Henry Harrison's "Log Cabin Campaign"

     D.  What was William Henry Harrison's famous campaign slogan? 

     E.  Which candidate won the Election of 1840?


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Part III: Modern Political Campaign Strategies

1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part IV: Modern Political Campaign Strategies"

2.  With your group if possible, brainstorm a list of strategies modern political campaigns use to try and convince people to vote for their candidates.  For example, political candidates often attend pancake
     breakfasts and kiss babies.  You and your group should come up with as many strategies as possible.  You can make your lis in your LiveBinder text box (or Word file).

3.  Watch the video about modern political campaigning in box 19 of the materials.  Highlight in green any of the campaign strategies you listed while brainstorming above.  You should also add to the list any other
     strategies discussed in the video. 

4.  Use what you have learned to write a well written paragraph (5-7 sentences) in your LiveBinder text box:

     Explain ways in which social media has once again changed how political campaigns encourage voters to choose their candidates. 

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 *If time remains, enjoy a high quality PowerPoint presentation about In The Wake Of Jackson!


Blue Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: Meet President John Tyler!

1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: Meet President John Tyler"

2.  Conduct an Internet search for an image of President John Tyler.  Save the image to your computer and upload the image to your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Take a few moments to watch The History Channel's Presidents Video About John Tyler

3.  Explore the information in boxes 10-14 of the materials to learn more about the life and presidency of John Tyler.  You can also conduct your own Internet research to find out more about John Tyler as
     President.  

    

4.  Make a list of at least 5 facts about John Tyler in your LiveBinder text box (or Word Document)

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Part II: The Election of 1840


1.  Place the title of this section in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: The Election of 1840"

2.  Explore the information in boxes 10-18 of the materials to learn more about the Election of 1840.   You can also conduct your own Internet research to find out more about the Election of 1840. 

3.  After you have explored the materials about the Election of 1840, answer the questions below in your LiveBinder text box:

     A.  Who were the two candidates running for president in 1840?  What political party did each of these candidates represent?

     C.  List at least ONE characteristic of William Henry Harrison's "Log Cabin Campaign"

     D.  What was William Henry Harrison's famous campaign slogan? 

     E.  Which candidate won the Election of 1840?


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Part III: Modern Political Campaign Strategies

1.  With your group if possible, brainstorm a list of strategies modern political campaigns use to try and convince people to vote for their candidates.  For example, political candidates often attend pancake
     breakfasts and kiss babies.  You and your group should come up with as many strategies as possible.  You can make your lis in your LiveBinder text box.

2.  Watch the video about modern political campaigning in box 19 of the materials.  Highlight in green any of the campaign strategies you listed while brainstorming above.  You should also add to the list any other
     strategies discussed in the video. 

3.  Make a list of at least two ways social media can be used in your LiveBinder text box


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 *If time remains, enjoy a high quality PowerPoint presentation about In The Wake Of Jackson!
 

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