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Political Parties and Conventions
Next time you cover political parties in your government class, don't just watch a political convention, host one! After learning about the history and structure of political parties through a thorough PowerPoint presentation, learners work in groups as part of either the Democratic or Republican party and develop a platform that they will present to the class.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 24 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Start Your Engines--A Mock Caldecott Introduction
Fourth graders participate in a unit plan that involves the elements of the entire election process. They become aware of the processes involved in the selection of a book for the Caldecott medal while participating in a mock election in groups.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 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
The Election Process Handbook
Students study the election process. In groups, they conduct research and create chapters for an election guide that might be distributed in their community. They discuss current issues and determine which elected official would be most likely to deal with these issues.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
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 11 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.
Although this legislative process lesson is designed to accompany a specific text, it is valuable independently. Young learners participate in a picture walk (worksheet included) through My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.
4th - 6th Language Arts 16 Views 158 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Primary Issue
Learners 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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 63 Downloads
Presidential Campaign: Posters of Yesterday and Today
Students analyze the election process. In this presidential campaign lesson, students view campaign posters of yesterday and today. Students research party names and a variety of campaign materials. Students create a Venn Diagram as formal assessment.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 5 Views 7 Downloads
Do We Still Need the Electoral College?
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 21 Downloads
Ideas for Classroom Election Activities
This handout provides suggestion8s for exploring the elections process including making a party platform poster, writing a speech in the style of a famous politician, having a debate, planning a convention, and more! While some of the ideas are more appropriate for high school classrooms, this could be adapted to various grades.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 59 Downloads
Explore the discrepancies in Florida's vote counting process in 2000 and 2002 with this New York Times reading lesson. Middle schoolers study the viewpoints presented in informational text, paying attention to how word choice can formulate each argument.
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 51 Downloads
Investigate current local elections across the United States with this New York Times reading instructional activity. Using informational text, middle and high schoolers research local elections and create their own news reports about what they discover.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 29 Downloads
Who Wants to be President?
Fourth graders create a campaign, run for president, attend a political convention, and vote in a made up election. In this election lesson plan, 4th graders simulate the whole concept of an election and everything it takes to vote for President.
4th Social Studies & History 6 Views 33 Downloads
Eighth graders explore the impact of exercising voting rights. In this election lesson, 8th graders research the importance of voting and use technology tools to share their findings about national, state, and local election campaigns.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 27 Downloads
SWOT Teams: Analyzing the Political Parties for the 2010 Midterm Elections
What are political parties and what so strategists do? In this political analysis lesson, students analyze political strategies to understand their strengths and weaknesses. They use key details from the text to learn how to create political strategies for both political parties.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 66 Downloads