6 Fun Election-Themed Writing Activities
Some are calling this election year “the most important in recent history,” and whether or not that is the case, one thing is for sure. It is definitely one of the most attention-grabbing. Even your youngest elementary age student has probably overheard enough news and conversation to begin to ask questions about the candidates and possibly to voice their concerns about the outcome.
This is the perfect opportunity to turn that current political interest into a launchpad for learning. Below, you will find six different election-themed writing activities categorized by grade level. These would be ideal for incorporating into an overall election unit study, but also work well as individual projects.
Elementary Election-Themed Writing Activities
- I would make a good president because ___ – Kids adore writing about themselves. This activity is the perfect introduction to opinion writing for elementary age students. First, have them cut out the headshot portion of a photo of themselves and paste it at the top of a piece of paper. Then, they can draw a presidential podium in front of their image, as well as a flag or other patriotic symbol behind it. Below the imagery, they should try their hand at a paragraph about why they are perfect for the job of POTUS.
- Election-themed vocabulary – Do you use Vocabulary Spelling City in your classroom or homeschool? If you do, then you already know how incredible a tool it is for writing practice. You can choose any of the thousands of pre-created vocabulary lists or create your own to kick off vocabulary games, sentence writing, and paragraph writing activities using your custom list. Here’s a direct link to an election-themed Sentence Writing activity at VSC.
Middle School Election-Themed Writing Activities
- Attributes of a president – One of the best ways to get your middle schooler thinking about the current candidates in this year’s election is to kick off a discussion about what attributes and traits are important for the leader of the land. You can branch your discussion into a writing assignment by having your student first make a list of adjectives he or she might use to describe the ideal president, and then write a presidential “profile” that might include information on experience they should have, personality traits that would make them fit for the job, and positions they should have on major political topics.
- Presidential campaign slogans – You might not realize it, but writing a slogan is not an easy task. You need to convey a complex message in a brief amount of words. You are trying to be clear while being clever. Middle schoolers will get to practice brevity, clarity, and ingenuity in writing by attempting to write a slogan for an election candidate. They can create a slogan for a current candidate, or even for a fictional character they would like to see running for office locally or nationally.
High School Election-Themed Writing Activities
- Scripting a campaign ad – You can hardly turn on the television, radio, or computer without being swamped by national, state, and local campaign advertisements. Sometimes, they’re truly entertaining, and sometimes they can make you roll your eyes. Pull together a good selection of these ads to watch or listen to with your high schooler. Discuss what makes a campaign ad effective, and why certain ads appeal to certain people. Then, challenge him or her to write their own script for a campaign ad they believe would help a current local, state, or national candidate get elected.
- Technology and elections essay prompt – Without a doubt, technology has changed the entire election process from how ballots are placed to how money is raised to how people are influenced for or against a specific candidate. This subject is ripe with possibilities for an essay. Maybe you’d like your high schooler to explore “how cell phones could be used to cast votes in the future.” Maybe they’d like to delve into “why Twitter has been influential in this presidential election.” Perhaps they’d like to share their opinion about “whether or not technology makes candidates be more accountable to their campaign promises.” Be prepared for some passionate rhetoric!