Friday, April 27, 2012

Presidential Campaigns

In government right now we are discussing how the American President is elected, and Presidential Campaigns.  My favorite part is that this is a very teachable moment because we are in the middle of a Presidential Campaign right now.  I ask them all the time who they think is going to win?  I guess we know now it will be Romney against Obama.  It is funny half say Romney, and the other half say Obama.  I wonder if that is any indication of the country.

I love going over the Electoral College because the students react so strongly to it.  Every year the students think it is unfair, and denies our right to choose.  I guess the biggest issue is a candidate can win the popular vote, but lose the Electoral Vote.  That has only happened three times in the 44 Presidential Elections this country has had, but it can happen.

Below are famous moments in a Presidential Campaign, and video that makes it so memorable.  Also below is a link to an awesome website that shows you every outcome for every race.  It is awesome!  You have to win 270 Electoral Votes to become president.

270 To Win
A very cool website

Many candidates will go on SNL or late night TV to relate to the people.  Sarah Palin went on SNL during the 2008 Election.

The slogan that stuck with Obama was, "Yes We Can."  Here during the Election of 2008 Will I Am turned it into a song, and encouragement to vote!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Sinking of the Titantic

It was April 12th when the Titantic hit the fateful iceberg, and sank.  Such a sad moment, and what makes it so sad was the fact that there were not enough life boats.  They thought they took up to much space on deck!  So the people who got off were the first class, women, and children.  Most of the third class in steerage died.  So sad!  We are still enthralled with the Titantic today.  A while ago James Cameron made the movie Titantic.  The story was made up for Hollywood, but it speaks to our hearts!  The nickname for the Titantic was "Unsinkable."  Such a great irony.

Titantic By Numbers - great website with interesting stats!

Titantic Sinking

Titantic now under the ocean

Trailer for Titantic.  Just released in 3D.

My Heart Will Go On Video