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6th Grade Students Learn About Conservative and Liberal Party Values By Watching and Re-Enacting Presidential Candidate Primary Debates

The activity was part of the humanities class “Community & Self” that emphasizes connections between course studies and current events

On November 2, 2015, “Community & Self” students presented a re-enactment of the presidential candidate primary debate to their 6th grade class peers in the Middle School Commons. Students also volunteered for roles of news blogger, news reporter, and campaign signage. In preparation for their debate, the students watched and studied the CNN Republican Primary Debate on September 16 and the CNN Democratic Primary Debate on October 13. Discussions in the classroom examined candidate’s strategies and party philosophies and issues. Finally, 10 students performed a bipartisan debate, representing candidates from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, and as art intimates life very often, Jackson Shurman’s portrayal of Mr. Trump was the most entertaining of all the candidates.
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