Who Wants to Be President?
Chesterfield Elementary School

In this lesson, students use their knowledge of democratic principles to create a fictional presidential candidate, run a campaign for election, participate in a political convention and presidential debate, and vote for president. Student voice and choice is a ribbon that runs throughout the project – from creating the fictional candidates to the final debate and election, the outcome of the project lies in the hands of the students – promoting a high level of interest and achievement of the learning targets.

  • Use of student voice and choice in a project that is meaningful and real-world applicable
  • Work cooperatively to foster respect, responsibility, and perseverance
  • Knowledge that the Constitution is the document that contains the laws and rules that govern our country
  • Knowledge that the Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution
  • Knowledge of the three branches of government and their functions
  • Knowledge that democratic decision making allows society to function
  • Knowledge that laws are made, interpreted, and enforced by the local, state, and national government
  • Knowledge about what makes a good citizen
Internet access, construction paper, markers
Introduction: Your mission is to create a presidential candidate for your political party and help him or her to become the next President of the United States. This mission is not easy and there will be much sacrifice involved. You will have to travel to the far reaches of the country. You will need to know all about our government. You will be required to find the best person for the job. There will be a political party convention, primary, and a general election after all of the campaign materials have been completed. The more persuasive and convincing your candidate is, the greater his or her potential is for becoming elected! Who wants to be President? Download full lesson plan >>
Students will write a 1 page reflection about their experience in the project. They need to include a description of the election process and their contribution to the success of their group's work.