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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.
Students measure technological advancements as they consider how they impacted the election process in the United States. In this presidential politics lesson, students research technological changes since the 1900's and create PowerPoint presentations that analyze how the advancements have played a role in how Americans elect their president.
Students explore the impact of political cartoons on American elections. For this presidential elections lesson, students discuss the election process and then analyze political cartoons that were published during presidential elections. As a culminating activity, students create their own political cartoons.
Students examine the presidential election process and discover that presidential elections are decided by the electoral college and not popular votes. They see that each state has a number of electors, and understand how this number is determined. Students access a website imbedded in this plan which helps them examine election trends over the years.
Students research the election process. In this government and technology lesson, students research current local or national political candidates to determine demographic information and their positions on major issues. Students create a classroom database and an individual PowerPoint, HyperStudio, or poster presentation based on the collected information.
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. A great way to connect past history with the events of today.
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. This is a five-day instructional activity that includes multiple resource links, standards, and adaptations; overall a great instructional activity.
Students explore the presidential elections. In this research the issues that faced the 1860, 1912, 1932, 1980, and 2004 presidential elections as they read articles regarding each of the elections. Students participate in 6 classroom activities that require them identify the issues as well as the governance implications of candidates.
Students examine the voting process, the reasons citizens should vote, and participate in a community drive to sign up new voters. After looking at websites, students create a poster that outlines the reasons to vote, participate in a debate on voting, create brochures and PowerPoint presentations, and set up a voter information and registration table at a local store.
One of the most confusing aspects of any presidential election year is the role of the Electoral College. Learners read a bit about how the Electoral College works and then they hold a mock election in their classroom. They'll redraw a map of the United States to represent what each state would look like in relation to the Electoral College then compare and contrast the democratic process around the world.
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. This could be modified to work for any election year.