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Newseum: Decision 2012

Found In: social studies, 6-8, 9-12

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Decision 2012 is a new a new online learning module from’s Digital Classroom. The standards-based module features lesson plans and interactives.

As the website observes, “The election cycle begins almost as soon as a president takes the oath of office.” A multimedia timeline 2008-present allows users to set which candidate’s information will appear. Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachman, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and assorted celebrities and outsiders are indicated with different colored bands. Click a band and watch a brief a video report on a major media moment.

  • A timeline of key presidential elections gives an overview explaining an election’s precedence and how it was covered in a contemporary newspaper. Click on a thumbnail image of a newspaper page to see and read the original. Timeline entries link to additional offsite resources.
  • Create Your Ideal Candidate asks users to answer a series of questions based on position statements of Barack Obama, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, Mitt Romney, and Jill Stein. Answers produce a hybrid candidate. Students can dig deeper and explore more with links to related resources.
  • Image VS Reality is an interactive slideshow of campaign photo ops. Click the red and white icons each photo to discover how a politician’s public image can be helped by attention to details. Links to related resources are supplied.
  • Lesson plans for middle school, high school, and college cover the election, civics and citizenship, historical connections, and media literacy. Each level has five adaptable lessons in PDF format. A Glossary and list of additional online resources are also available for printing.

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