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Students conduct research about the 2000 presidential election, and other close elections in US history. They write a response to the following question: Should the election process in the United States be changed?
High schoolers research the 2008 presidential candidates. For this presidential election lesson, students identify the requirements to become the President and create candidate profiles.
Students examine how Electoral College works, compare and contrast candidates or issues, and discuss importance of becoming registered, active voting individuals.
Young scholars discuss the role of political parties in the election process. In this election process lesson, students work in groups to examine the major functions of political parties and the role political parties play in the election process.
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.
Third graders answer questions about candidates in an election while they use a database. In this election and database lesson, 3rd graders research information about candidates for upcoming elections. They enter their information into a teacher-made database before using different types of sorts to access the information.
Young scholars examine the procedures to elect the President of the United States. In groups, they create their own political cartoon presenting a consensus of their point of views on the process. They identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Electoral College and discuss problems with the 2000 election.
Students examine information and discover resources available to voters, discuss importance of sorting objective sources from more biased ones, explore significant dates and deadlines of voting and election process, and complete voting worksheet by researching answers online.
Students analyze the 2008 presidential primaries by reading and discussing the New York Times Upfront article "Primary Matters." They complete a KWL chart, complete a handout, read the article and answer comprehension questions, and conduct an inquiry into the election using a variety of online resources.
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.
Students campaign for president. In this presidential election lesson, students discuss the process of electing presidents, write their own campaign songs, research a campaign train schedule, and create campaign maps.
Learners examine the Electoral College's role in the election process. They conduct Internet research, and identify the elections in which the Electoral College played a deciding role.
Learners complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Election Day. For this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students examine the local and national election process. In groups, they brainstorm a list of the issues important to them and compare them to an overall list of issues present in the election. They analyze graphs and complete calculations related to statistics.
Students explore important political election components. In this civics lesson, students view a video about the 2008 presidential election and identify important issues addressed by the candidates. Students discuss vocabulary and election concepts, and write an essay explaining which candidate they would support. Although the video describes the 2008 election, it has valid information that could be used in any election lesson.
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. In this civics instructional activity, 12th graders use the provided rubric and reference handouts to conduct classroom elections that require them to garner public support, deal with lobbyists, and present platforms. This is day 9 in a series of 11 lessons.
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. Visual information is presented with bulleted text, photographs, clip art, and labeled maps.
Second graders investigate democracy by reading The Three Little Pigs.  In this government lesson, 2nd graders discover ways laws are changed or enacted by holding their own election in class.  Students compare the Big Bad Wolf in The Tree Little Pigs to a dictator.
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.
Students examine the positions of candidates on various issues. Using visual displays, they describe the platforms and positions of candidates on specific issues. Students include opposing views in their displays from other candidates.