This afternoon my Uncle Bob shared with me this video of a campaign jingle for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. I then shared the video on Twitter with the comment, "what if political campaign ads were still like this?" To that Tony Amsler replied, "maybe we can run a contest for folks to create jingles." I think that could become a great classroom activity as the election approaches. Have students use tools like Animoto, WeVideo, or Pixorial to create "lighter" campaign commercials.
For more old campaign commercials and ideas for using them in your classroom, please check out The Living Room Candidate.