Elections and the Political Process Teacher Resources
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The Electoral Process
From a candidate's first declaration of intention to become president, through nominations and the campaign trail, and finally to election day, your class members will gain a general understanding of what it takes for an individual to reach the executive office of the United States government.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 8 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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
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 28 Views 268 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 26 Views 338 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Plan on Laws and Election Process
Third graders discuss why communities need laws. For 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, 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. Students review our election process orally and then write a paragraph about how the voting process works.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 53 Downloads
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
Gerrymandering: How Drawing Jagged Lines Can Impact an Election
What is gerrymandering, and how does redrawing district lines in a presidential election give one political party advantage over another? Viewers will learn about the origin of the term gerrymandering, why political parties desire more districts to gain political power, and how they work to "pack and crack" districts according to the number of senate seats.
4 mins 11th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 7 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
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 22 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 29 Views 163 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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
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
Reviewing the Election Process by NOW Classroom for PBS
Students take a closer look at presidential elections. In this election process instructional activity, 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
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
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 94 Views 79 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
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 5 Views 9 Downloads