Thursday, February 13, 2014

Introducing Presidential Dossier Project - 2/13/14

Presidential Dossier Project Partners and Candidates

Scroll down to the next blog entry for complete description of the Presidential Dossier Project.

Election 2016 - Presidential Candidate Dossier


As part of this project, you and a partner will build a dossier on one of the candidates considering a run for the Presidency in 2016. Here are the facts we know so far:

In recent years, candidates have announced their intent to run in late winter/early spring of the year before the election. This means that candidates could begin formally announcing their intention to run in February-April 2015.

Under the 22nd Amendment, no President can serve more than two terms. This means that President Obama is not eligible to run again in 2016.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

A new President will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Here are the candidates who have been identified as contenders for 2016:
  • Joe Biden
  • Jeb Bush
  • Chris Christie
  • Andrew Cuomo
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Ted Cruz
  • Mitch Daniels
  • Bobby Jindal
  • John Kasich
  • Bob McDonnell
  • Martin O'Malley
  • Rand Paul
  • Mike Pence
  • Rick Perry
  • Rob Portman
  • Marco Rubio
  • Paul Ryan
  • John Thune
  • Scott Walker
Your job is to build a dossier on one of these candidates. You will create your dossier in the form of an online slide presentation. You are encouraged to use Google Drive, but you may also use Prezi, or another online presentation platform (alternately, you may create a YouTube video or use another format, subject to teacher approval).

The dossier should include:
  • First, middle, and last name and photo of candidate (each subsequent slide in your presentation should contain first/last name and photo of candidate as either the header or the footer of the slide--like this . . . )
  • Birthdate and current age
  • Spouse and children
  • Birthplace (city and state) and current place of residence (city and state)
  • Educational background and degrees earned
  • Religious affiliation
  • Work history and current occupation or position held
  • Political party
  • Their positions on each of the SelectSmart.com survey issues
    • Visit http://selectsmart.com/president/views16.html to see the positions of all candidates on these issues of national importance
    • Re-state their positions on the issues in your own words (it will be super tempting and easy to just copy-and-paste); be prepared to explain what the positions actually mean
  • At least two embedded videos (approx. 1-3 minutes in length) that show the candidate speaking. Each video should clearly communicate the position the candidate takes on issues, and/or the character of the candidate. You should watch these videos and prepare to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito.
  • Links to at least three recent (within the past two weeks) news stories about the candidate that give us insight into his/her political views or character (Google News search). You should read these articles and be prepared to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito.
  • A link to at least one article, editorial, YouTube video (if it's YouTube, please embed into your slideshow), or blog entry that criticizes the candidate. In other words, the speaker is providing a view in opposition of the candidate. It should be critical of issues/policy, and not merely a "stupidhead" statement. Make sure to watch the entire video or read the entire article and be prepared to answer questions from Mr. Ippolito.
  • Share this presentation with an adult (your parents' generation or older). Teach him/her all you've learned about this candidate, then share with Mr. Ippolito some sort of proof you have done so. Interview this adult and ask them this question, "Based on what you have learned about this candidate, do you think he/she could be a contender in 2016? Could this person be the next President of the United States? Why or why not?"
  • Finally, each person in your group must independently answer the same question: "Based on what you have learned about this candidate, do you think he/she could be a contender in 2016? Could this person be the next President of the United States? Why or why not?"
The project will be due Thursday, February 27.