We want to know your thoughts and feelings about the elections, leaders and issues in your country and around the world. The voices of students like you are just as important as the adults, so speak out now by sending us your writing, artwork and videos. It could be featured in our upcoming ePals student newspaper.
Get Inspired by the 2008 Elections Submissions:
Here's a sample of what the ePals community had to say in their Presidential Minutes. Take a look and then take one of this year's challenges.
|Hannah C. – Protect Our Environment
||Jade and Jessica – Poem for peace from the U.K.
||Stacey P. – Do You Remember When You Said….
||Khushi D. – You Can Heal the World
2012 Election Challenges
Challenges for Primary Grades:
Take a look at the challenges below and pick the one you are most excited about.
1) Video Challenge: Your Presidential Minute
Imagine you have one minute to speak to the leader of your country. Look right into the camera and talk to your leader. Plan carefully how to make each of the 60 seconds count! You may want to answer questions like these:
- What things are most important to you and your family?
- What advice do you have about leading your country?
- What things worry you about the future?
2) Writing Challenge: Election Campaign Rules
If your class is like most classrooms, you have a set of Classroom Rules to help everyone treat each other nicely. Political campaigns often involve something called “negative campaigning,” in which people running for office say unkind things about the other candidates. Should this negative campaigning be allowed? Should it be banned? Write to share your opinion. Give reasons to support your opinion and include your own set of Campaign Rules.
3) Art Challenge: Election Slogan
In every election, people running for office create slogans and logos to help the voters remember them. A slogan is made of words. It is a brief, attention-getting phrase. A logo is made of art. It is a unique design. Take a look at these slogans and logos first. Then, come up with a slogan and logo of your own! Tell us about your slogan and logo in 3 PowerPoint slides:
b.) Connect! Tell how each piece will help people remember what is special about your candidate.
c.) Convince! Explain why your slogan and logo will convince voters to choose your candidate.
Challenges for Upper Grades:Below are some challenges to get your mind thinking. If you are not sure what you want to say, use some of the topic questions to give you some inspiration. Pick one and submit it to us. Your piece could be featured in our upcoming student newspaper. For help in creating a strong opinion or research piece, take a look at these tips. View here
1) Video Challenge: Speak Now to World Leaders
In today’s global world, elections have global effects. A Presidential election in one country will not only impact its citizens, but citizens around the world. Despite different governmental and elections systems, we all face the same global issues, such as human impact on the environment, human rights, peace, poverty, freedom, and education.
In a 1-3 minute video, tell your world leader which global topics are most important to you. Choose a global issue (from this list or one you've identified), and tell world leaders how this global issue has both global effects and local effects in your corner of the world. Tell world leaders how their decisions affect not only you, your family and your hometown, but also people around the world.
2) Writing Challenge: Opinion Piece
The most common voting age is 18. However, in different countries it varies from as low as 16 (in Austria, Brazil and Cuba, for example) to a high of 25 (United Arab Emirates). In Serbia, teens aged 16-18 can vote if they are employed. If not, the minimum voting age is 21. What do you think should be the minimum voting age in your country? Should there be any conditions tied to that age?
3) Writing Challenge: Research Piece
Do you think the media (TV, radio, newspapers, online) affects the outcomes of national elections? Do you think social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.) affects the outcomes of national elections? If so, is this a positive or negative thing?