During the month of July, Americans will witness the party conventions. These gatherings are very important. At the conventions, the parties (1) officially nominate their candidates for president and vice president and (2) ratify the party platforms, which are statements about what the party believes.
Today, most Americans know party conventions as multi-media extravaganzas! They are broadcast on television and streamed live over the Internet. There are bands, speeches, and lots of balloons.
Here 2016 convention dates and locations:
Republican National Convention
July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio
Democratic National Convention
July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Each night of the convention has a theme. And each night has a lineup of speakers. The most important speaker of the night typically goes last. On the last night of each party convention, the nominee will give an acceptance speech.
This week, we have a free printable worksheet for you to help engage kids in the party conventions. Have your student(s):
(1) Watch one night of the convention speeches and proceedings. You can watch live or view a recording at a later date.
(2) Fill out the printable.
For an entire, in-depth lesson on political conventions, check out our Presidential Elections unit study, available now at Silverdale Press. For more tips and free resources like this, subscribe to our newsletter.