On Wednesday morning we read about the background of Barack Obama before he became president. We then went to the library where students finished their research for their debates and court cases. When we returned to the classroom, we watched commercials from Obama and John McCain before watching highlights from the presidential debate in 2008. We also viewed political satire from Saturday Night Live over the 2008 election. After lunch, we watched two students role-play the 2008 debate between Obama, represented by Vantasia, and McCain, represented by Abbie.
We then had half of the class present their study hall assignments on their Mount Rushmore project. During the last portion of the class, students performed in the quarterfinal round of our Presidential Face-Off Tournament: today’s winners were Stuart (LBJ), Sam (McKinley), Emma (Washington), and Elizabeth (Clinton). We had several outstanding debates! Wednesday evening was our last study hall; students researched famous court cases of the 21st century.