Campaign Issues

Fall 2015 Student Seminar: The Big Campaign Issues

The Fall student presentation series is going to be similar to last semester.  We are going to imagine that each of you has been appointed as a fact checker in charge of one side of one of the current presidential campaign issues.  We are going to leave politics out of the discussion, and stick closely to the facts surrounding each topic.  Many of these issues we have seen discussed in previous student presentations or in group discussions.  Your job is to determine the truth about one side of the issue and prove your side more convincingly than your opponent.  This is a competition similar to last semester’s presentation format.

Each of you needs to present a side of the topic that attempts to solve your appointed issue.  You will need to present lots of support (in the form of data) to defend your hypothesis or hypotheses.  These presentations will have even more data than previous presentations, but will also require much more individual insight and synthesis.  Each presentation will need a strong thesis statement, which will then be well defended with data and logic.  You will need to keep your role in mind, as well as your audience.  We all need your problem solved and you need your solution chosen!

The general idea outlined:

1. Briefly provide general information about your topic.

2. Briefly provide historical background.

3. Have a strong thesis and conclusion.

4. Quantify importance to humans: dollars, property, lifestyle, lives.

5. Present data to support your solution(s).

6. Use logic to draw conclusions and connections.

7. Present a realistic solution that could be applied in the actual world.

The specific guidelines for the series are:

  1. Rough draft should be presented to teacher 1 week before presentation date.
  2. Presentation on assigned topic.
  3. Minimum 15 minutes in length (not including question/answer period).
  4. Uses Powerpoint/Keynote for visual component.
  5. Use accurate visuals to aid in presentation.
  6. Contain at least 5 student-generated data plots that absolutely support your thesis.
  7. Data presented must support assertions in presentation.
  8. Discuss data and provide sources for data.
  9. Use 4 non-biased (as possible) sources, excluding generic pages such Wikipedia.
  10. Include conclusion and recommendations for the UN council.
Any student failing to meet these minimum requirements must redo the presentation within two weeks of the original date.

Topic – Students 

Energy: Peter v Jack

Immigration: Meaghan v Jadin

Education: Sam v Sean

Climate change: Joe v Jordan

Iran: FauxJoe v Mia

Healthcare: Lindsey v Kate