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donderdag 11 februari 2016

US Elections 2016

On November 8, 2016, Americans will elect the 45th President of the United States. Things are already heating up with the debates and caucuses and primaries and all that. But what do these terms and phrases mean? Do you know?

Before you watch the video, read the following list of terms and phrases. For each item, write down what you think it means in the context of the elections. If you’re unsure, just give it a go and try your best.
  • Caucus
  • Super PAC
  • Primaries
  • Super Tuesday
  • Ticket

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • pack of people: a large number of people
  • going down the drain: getting worse and worse
  • corporation: a large business or organization
  • wealthy: rich; having a lot of money and possessions
  • substantial sums of money: large amounts of money
  • ballot: a piece of paper used to vote in an election
  • raffle: a contest that a group or organization uses to earn money, in which people buy numbered tickets in exchange for a chance to win a prize
  • raffle ticket: a ticket you buy in the hope of winning a raffle
  • slate of candidates: a list of people who are trying to win an election

Now read the rest of the assignment below. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. “I always tune her out.” What does this mean?

  2. Which term or phrase sounds like an animal?

  3. What is the reason that the US is going down the drain, according to one of the interviewed persons?

  4. What does PAC as in “Super PAC” stand for?

  5. How are state elections by the people called?

  6. Super Tuesday 2016: When was it or will it be?

  7. Which definition by the people in the video do you like best? It doesn’t have to be the correct one, you can also like it because it is smart or funny or the same as you wrote down. Explain your choice.

  8. How many definitions did you get right?

Extra reading and writing assignment
  1. Watch the video once more. Focus on what the 5 terms and phrases actually mean.
  2. Pause the video at each definition.
  3. Copy the definitions.
  4. Look up the words in the definitions you do not know.