Despite being at the bottom of the world (depending on which way you look at things!) and probably not even factoring in the consciousness of many American citizens, we in Australia are pretty interested in the American political process. What America does matters to us; we are so heavily influenced by the culture, and decisions that the American Government make have ramifications for us. Just look at Iraq – Australian soldiers were deployed there almost immediately and have only just been withdrawn thanks to the change of Government in our latest election (Labor now holds power).
That’s why this latest offering from the Lefevers at Commoncraft is going to be useful. I recently had a fantastic conversation with my Yr 7 students about the race between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democrat leadership. They are very aware of who the people are but are not so aware of the processes that get them into Government. Electing a US President in Plain English explains the election process that will take place when the Democrat candidate faces the Republican candidate. They do it well. Make sure your tell your teachers about it. It’s a plain simple explanation that makes plain sense!