Map and count is current as of 9/29/08. Presentation by Jamie, Brittany, Courtney, and Susan.
- Obama / Biden – 228
- McCain / Palin – 163
- Toss Up – 147
Each week between September 15 and November 4 (the election) Senior Current Issues will provide you an update on the progress of the 2008 Presidential Election. Each week at this site you will find a photo (USA Electoral Map in room #112) of the updated polling comparisons between Barack Obama and John McCain. Each week a different group of seniors will offer you a three to five minute podcast of where this election currently stands and the trends they see on the horizon. Student groups will provide a news article that they think will help you to better understand the dynamics of this election. All students are encouraged to listen to the podcast and read the article.
SCI students will offer a “what do you think” question that goes with the news article. All Senior Current Issues students must do the ensuing 20 point blog. All other students may choose to answer the question as an extra credit blog assignment (5 pts max.) Postings for the question must be made by 7:00 PM Friday of the week in question.
All electoral votes come from estimates located on Real Clear Politics.com Remember polls are only estimates of how people may vote. Until Nov 4 nobody really knows the outcome of this election.
News Article – New York Times – “Candidates Clash on Economy and Iraq”
Question – Read the article. What are your feelings about McCain continuously calling Obama an inexperienced liberal and Obama pointing out the connections between McCain and President Bush in the debate? Explain.
Check the category “08 ELECTION – The News” for more news about the candidates and the Election.
EVALUATION: JAMIE / BRITTANY / COURTNEY / SUSAN
Podcast: C+ (78%) A lot of this feedback is from 2nd and 3rd Hour Economics classes. Plusses – opinion was interjected into the podcast more this time. It wasn’t just the states up and down. That was probably the biggest plus. Also, it covered the all of the changes. The negatives primarily revolve around the quality of the podcast. At times it was way too quiet and fast to understand. And the length was a problem. All n all, much better than the intial version.
News Article / Question: A (93%) Good question. Good article.
Presentation: B- (80%) It was better than the first time around. I still think we need to get to the point where it feels better planned out, where there is more interaction with the audience and with the map. I’d like to see a presentation that looks practice. But again this was a big improvement from the first time.
Overall Grade: B (83%) / OK. A lot better when you reshuffled the deck and did again. With some extra planning on the presentation and editing on the podcast I think we could’ve gained a few more points. But all-n-all, much improved.