Presidential Politics Blog: the 1980 election

by Dennis Jenkins

Last Friday, students completed their first week of Presidential Politics at VAMPY. We examined factors that led to the rise of the conservative movement during the 1980 election. Students also shared what unique facts they found out about the president they had researched and what events shaped that person’s presidency. The class watched part of a documentary called How America Became a Superpower from 1945 to 1980. Students also contrasted commercials from the Democrats and Republicans during the 1980 presidential election and analyzed key moments that shaped the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. After lunch, students made posters for Team Carter and Team Reagan for the 1980 presidential campaign before the class took part in a role-play debate between Jimmy Carter (Ben) and Ronald Reagan (Emma). Students ended class by dividing into three teams and playing a creative game called Beyond Balderdash.

On Sunday night during study hall, students analyzed different types of documents for a DBQ over the rise of the conservative movement during the 1980s.

We have a busy second week planned: we will examine presidential politics and Supreme Court cases during the 1980s and 1990s. We will also be taking a trip to Washington, D.C., this week. We will leave Thursday night and return on Saturday morning.

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