Elections and the Political Process Teacher Resources
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Dollars and Votes: 2012 Election
What comes to mind when learners think about campaign financing? They watch a video (linked) about the fundraising climate during the 2012 presidential election and discuss Super PACs and Supreme Court legislation as a group. Scholars focus on rhetorical device by listening to famous speeches and completing a graphic organizer on persuasive techniques.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 162 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Lesson Plan on Laws and Election Process
Third graders discuss why communities need laws. In this laws and the election process lesson, 3rd graders become familiar with the process for holding an election through vocabulary and reading. Students hold a mock election.
3rd Social Studies & History 5 Views 17 Downloads
So You Want to Be President?: Lesson 15
Students explore the election process. In this government and literacy lesson plan, students listen to the book Ruby May Has Something to Say by David Small and discuss the importance of clear communication of your personal feelings.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 53 Downloads
If it is an election year and you're teaching American government, then you'll definitely want to take a look at this project. Class members will research a chosen candidate and create a profile for him/her, then collect and analyze newspaper articles, create a slogan, and conduct polling outside of school to get an understanding of how many people will be heading to the polls come election day.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Who will be the next president? Learners write a persuasive letter to the president of the United States. They research the 2000 Presidential election, interview parents, and reflect on their own opinions and experiences to write their letters.
4th - 9th Language Arts 3 Views 303 Downloads
Reviewing the Election Process by NOW Classroom for PBS
Students take a closer look at presidential elections. In this election process lesson, students discuss the roles of the primary, caucus, polls, Electoral College, delegates, and lobbyists in the process. Students then access the listed Web links to research the election process and share their findings with their classmates.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 32 Downloads
Presidential Elections: A Simulation
Feeling ambitious about getting your scholars examining the election process? While this presidential election simulation will take preparation, the ensuing enthusiasm will be worth it! Using one or more large classes, 12th graders are divided into states, forming political parties, using "campaign money," to support candidates, and participating in a popular and electoral vote.
12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
A Positive Spin
Study word choice and connotation in advertising. Readers examine campaign ads, both negative and positive, from the 2006 mid-term election. They read and discuss an article and analyze a campaign of any candidate they choose. Finally, they develop storyboards for positive campaigns.
6th - 12th Language Arts 22 Views 262 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Who Could Have Been Who
Can word choice affect a candidate's likeability? Use this New York Times lesson to explore how a presidential candidate's likeability factor can fluctuate in public opinion polls. Young readers choose a presidential election from their lifetime and research the various Democratic or Republican candidates' backgrounds using informational texts.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 337 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
CongressLink Lesson Plan: Using Political Propaganda During Elections
When did political propaganda start? How many types of propaganda are there? Kids are asked to analyze the various types of elections and election propaganda that voters see each year at election time. They compose an essay describing each type of propaganda and commonly used propaganda techniques.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 21 Downloads
Money and the Election Process: Ch 7
Where does the money for political campaigns come from? Guide your class with 10 multiple choice questions on money and the election process. There are 5 true/false and 5 multiple choice questions for them to answer. Use as a quiz or for homework.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 19 Downloads
Here is an excellent resource in which class members host a mock election for a candidate and policy that will be implemented into your very own classroom. Progressing from primaries, through the campaign trail, and finally to the mock election, your young citizens will be engaged every step of the way.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Does Your Vote Count? The Electoral College Explained
What exactly is the electoral college and how does it operate in a presidential election? While this can seem confusing to young citizens, help demystify this body of individuals who are designated to formally elect the president and vice president of the United States.
5 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Explore the backgrounds, qualifications, and platforms of the presidential candidates for the 2000 election. Though the lesson is outdated, the activities within the informational text could be good practice for your young learners as they work on evaluating arguments and claims.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 166 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Nov. 8, 1960 | Kennedy Is Elected President
Using the presidential election of 1960 as background information, learners consider the push of electoral reform. They read about the events and issues surrounding President Kennedy's win in 1960 and compare them to the same issues which occurred in the 2000 presidential election.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 22 Downloads
New Review Amending the Constitution: Why Change?
As Bob Dylan so famously wrote, "The times they are a-changin'." Through a series of discussions, indepedent class work, and a whole-class simulation young scholars explore how the amendment process allows the US Constitution to change and adapt with the times.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 86 Views 74 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Political Parties Rest in Peace
Before Democrats and Republicans, there were Whigs, Dixiecrats, Federalists and Anti-Federalists, Populists, Prohibitionists, Progressives, and the list goes on. Your young historians will discover the evolution of political parties in the United States, as well as the role of third parties, through an engaging activity where they will design tombstones and eulogies for these historical, "dead" parties.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 20 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Should voting in the United States be compulsory? In 2004, fewer than 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the American national elections. After reviewing arguments for and against compulsory voting, your young citizens will compose letters to the editors of their local newspapers in which they discuss whether they believe voting should be compulsory.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Here is an excellent PowerPoint presenting loads of information about the US election process. Some of the topics included in the slide show: the reasons voting is important, how to choose a candidate, how the federal, state, and local elections are run, and information about contemporary and historical figures who have run for various offices.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 4 Views 8 Downloads
Campaign! The Election Simulation Game
Students simulate the election process with one group acting as politicians and others acting as the constituency with concerns specific to their assigned area of the country. They give speeches, take polls, and elect a leader based on their views.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 19 Downloads