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Divided We Stand
Create a word processing document titled “Divided We Stand.” In it, respond to the following prompts. Be sure to structure your responses as complete paragraphs or to follow the directions for creating a chart.
The article we will use for this activity is a little dated now (referencing the 2000 presidential election), but the division between Democrat and Republican, “liberal” and “conservative” doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The election in 2000 brought up many issues with voting and the electorate that resonate loudly today. A very contentious election ending in deep divides? Sound familiar? Think about the most recent or upcoming presidential or mid-term election. Create a table with “Issues” in one column, then the two major parties, or two key candidates in the next two columns. For each issue you can identify, what is the position of the parties or candidates? Is there agreement or overlap on any issues?
Read the article “If At First You Don’t Secede,” which appeared in The New York Times on November 27, 2000. Think about the timing of the article. As you read, respond to the following questions by adding the questions and your answers to your document:
Considering other contentious events in U.S. history mentioned in the article, choose one war and one election to research further. Possible topics are:
As you research your chosen topics, answer the following questions:
Write a one-page response for each of the topics you selected. Be sure to cover all the questions and to list your resources in a Works Cited page at the end. This should be part of the “Divided We Stand” document. Submit the document when you are finished with Prompt 3.
Credits: Lesson modified from:
Brown, Kim and Zimbalist, Alison. “Divided We Stand.” The Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with the New York Times. 2005. Web.