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(Class 1) Boss Kids to the Ballot Box (Local State) - Elections & Voting : Social Studies - Civics - Government

This is (Class 1 of a 2-Part) Social Studies, Civics, Law course in which students learn all aspects of local/state elections. Students will go through the process of campaigning and voting in a state general election. ** Minimum of 4 students required for class to proceed**
Professor Blackmore, J.D., LL.M.
91 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 6 learners
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50 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
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per learner

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Learning Goals of both classes in the Series inclued the following:

Class 1 - Local Elections & Voting  : Week 1 & 2 Introduction to City Council, Mayor Candidates & Propositions on the ballot; Town 
                                                              Hall Debates City Council & Mayor Candidates; Voter Research candidates & Proposition
Class 2 - Local Elections & Voting :  Week 2 & 3 Final Town Hall Debates; Final Analysis of Voter Research; Time vote for candidates 
                                                               & Propositions
I have been teaching college/university and law school students since 2005 in the areas of law, political science/government, and criminal justice. In addition, I have 15 years of law practice. I have first-hand knowledge and expertise in the area of critical reading, analysis and synthesis. I teach students how develop analysis skills that will advance their critical thinking and effective problem-solving abilities.
All work will take place during class as students share my screen. Students should make sure that they have the technology and required internet capabilities provided in the learner supply list so that students can get the most out of the experience.

Students are encouraged to be prepared for the following in-class activities:

- Class polling on
     - quizzes during class using
     - video examples provided during class
This is a summary of the full listing of class requirements. Please read the full listing upon enrollment to ensure that the class is good fit for your student. *** [[ Please do not allow the student to attempt to take the class while in bed or otherwise laying and/or moving throughout the home while the class is in progress. ]] *** Virtual backgrounds are not allowed as they are a distraction and students use them to get around the requirement that they please not take the class in bed. *** We request that the student use a wired internet source plugged into the internet router instead of WIFI – constant blinking of the Internet and students dropping in and out of the class is disruptive. In addition, it is difficult to communicate with the student when the WIFI is intermittently unstable, as it makes it difficult to understand what the student is saying ((It is best if students can test this technology at least 1 day prior to starting the class.)) *** Participation in-person with continuously enabled video/audio each day of the class is mandatory for (all) students. [This is not a video play-back class]. The class is delivered in real time only. *** Please do not allow the student to attempt to project their video participation in class using an ipad; phone; facetime or other mobile device. *** The student (must) use a desktop computer or laptop sitting securely on a desk or table so that the camera is stabilized at all times throughout the class. Constant movement of the screen or video camera that is used to project the student’s video into the classroom is very disruptive during the class. ***For optimal performance, students should use headphones with a good microphone so that we can communicate efficiently throughout the course. ((It is best if students can test this technology at least 1 day prior to starting the class.)) -- All Course Resources and activities are provided before and/or during class on shared screen -- INCLUGING: 1) Course Videos 2) Course Powerpoints (student downloadable copies provided) 3) Course quizzes (So that the student can participate in anonymous class polling and see other students' answers to the questions, before the initial class, students should navigate to and download the app (if the student will be using a smart phone or pad device. If the student will be using the desktop version, the student should be ready to navigate to (KAHOOT.IT) during class. ((It is best if students can test this technology at least 1 day prior to starting the class.)) 4) Course discussion materials
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Students will go through all aspects of the process of campaigning and voting in a local/state general elections. We will go through a simulated mayoral and city council election with two propositions also on the ballot.

Student progress will be assessed using one or more of the following:
- anonymous class polling on
- anonymous quizzes during class using
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
**This is a nonpartisan class. There is no discussion of the existence of political parties in this class. The voting, campaigning and election is simulated with cartoon-like kid-friendly character candidates that are preselected by the instructor of the class. **

For the purpose of assessing student progress, engagement and interaction with students, the following third-party tool will be used throughout the class: 

- Kahoot assessment and activity tool. More information about Kahoot may be found by navigating to

Parents can be assured that this lesson is made for children and is specific and to the point of:

- the subject matter of the U.S. Constitution; state and local laws and
- furthering the educational, analysis and problem-solving skills of children up and through the age of 18.
We will refer to the U.S. Constitution in addition to state and local laws.


Professor Blackmore, J.D., LL.M.
Lives in the United States
Attorney and law professor specializing in developing analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, reading comprehension & time management skills using fun & engaging law, civics, social studies & criminal justice subject matter material
91 total reviews
115 completed classes

About Me

Professor Blackmore has been practicing law for over 15 years and teaching law school for over 10 years. Professor Blackmore enjoys working with students and faculty in law, criminal justice and political science. Professor Blackmore also provides... 
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