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On the Campaign Trail: The Battle for Votes

Candidates know that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. In every election season, the candidates and supporters compete to shape viewers’ opinions and garner their votes. Examine historical and contemporary campaign ads, learn how to navigate conflicting messages and leave empowered to separate fact from fiction.

On the Campaign Trail: The Battle for Votes

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Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 students in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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When a school fails to appear for its schedule Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

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  • Topics:
    Current Events
    Elections
    Politics
  • Theme:
    Media Literacy
  • Level:
    Students | 7-12
  • Cost:
    Free; Newseum admission required
  • Duration:
    50 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Mondays through Fridays
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center
    10 a.m. Documentary Theater
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center
    11 a.m. Documentary Theater
    12 p.m. Documentary Theater
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center
    1 p.m. Documentary Theater
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center
    9 a.m. -4 p.m. Virtually
  • Capacity:
    Max 36 in the Learning Center
    Max 100 in the Documentary Theater
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    15 participants
  • Grades:
    Middle School
    High School
  • Formats:
    At the Newseum
    Online

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