This month’s the boy’s book club read Dan Gutman’s The Kid Who Ran for President. It’s a hilarious take on what might happen if a kid ran for president. Throughout the story, the main character, Judson Moon, learns the ins and outs of being a part of a national election. His campaign manager, a fellow student, handles his publicity and teaches Moon about propaganda.
That’s the angle we decided to take for this month’s book choice. After the usual book discussion, we talked about a few advertisement propaganda techniques commonly used by the media. We talked about how things like bandwagon, testimonials, and glittering generalities affect the choices we make each day.
And then things got real. The kids split into groups and nominated candidates. They chose names, so as to remain anonymous online, and began using the propaganda techniques we’d learned to create campaign posters. They also designed their own platforms and a short commercial.
They want to hold their own election – and that’s where you come in. I’m sharing their campaign poster pictures and videos below. We’d be honored if you’d check out their work and comment on the person you’d vote for below. Please consider the names that they chose, their platform, and their enthusiasm when you make your choice.
These are kids, though, so if you comment beyond the name of your choice, please keep it kind.
Choice A: Victor
This is Victor with his campaign manager. You can watch his campaign video here.
Choice B: Ray Price
This is Ray Price with one of his opponents. You can watch his campaign video here.
Choice C: Justin Jay
This is Justin Jay. You can watch his campaign video here.
So who has your vote? Remember to comment with the name of your favorite candidate below by December 15th. Thanks for helping to teach our kids about the election process!