Fourth and Fifth graders at Champlain Elementary School in Burlington, Vermont studied the way politicians make themselves look more powerful. We studied historical examples of American campaign pictures, from Samuel Adams to Hillary Clinton, and also the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain. Students showed what they learned by making up fictional candidates for Governor of Vermont, complete with campaign posters, stump speeches, and jingles. We held a mock election with the school's third graders as the voters. The unit was designed by Amy Werbel, art history Professor at Saint Michael's College, along with classroom teachers Colleen Cowell and Anne Felber. Contact the Prof. at awerbel@smcvt.edu for more info.

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