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Election Lesson Plans
Election lessons inspire and engage students in democratic dialogue.
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. A great way to connect past history with the events of today.
Election Time Using a Database
Third graders answer questions about candidates in an election while they use a database. In this election and database instructional activity, 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.
Presidential Election One Year Away
Students identify political parties, then read a news article about the 2008 election. In this current events lesson (written prior to the 2008 election), the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
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. This is a five-day lesson that includes multiple resource links, standards, and adaptations; overall a great lesson.
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.
The Election Process
Students examine how Electoral College works, compare and contrast candidates or issues, and discuss importance of becoming registered, active voting individuals.
The Constitution and Our Republic: Political Parties and the Election Process
Students discuss the role of political parties in the election process. In this election process lesson plan, students work in groups to examine the major functions of political parties and the role political parties play in the election process.
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.
Let the Campaign Begin
Young scholars differentiate between positive and negative personal attributes and select a fictional character for nomination who personifies the qualities of a good leader. They use the Internet to learn about the election process and write an announcement speech that identifies their character's platform. Finally, students complete a form that registers them to vote in the classroom election.
The Kids' Primary
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.
Where Do They Stand?
In this presidential election worksheet, students research the 2008 presidential candidates and create a booklet of candidate profiles that clearly differentiate each one. They also assume the identity of one of the candidates and hold a mock presidential debate. Finally, the students prepare and present a three-minute speech as one of the 2008 presidential candidates.
Navigating the Road to the White House
Students explore U.S. politics by researching the Presidential requirements. In this electoral process lesson, students identify the main requirements to become a Presidential candidate and the two main political parties. Students research the 2008 campaign between Obama and McCain and create a T.V. style report on their information.
Presidential Campaign: Posters of Yesterday and Today
Learners analyze the election process. In this presidential campaign lesson, students view campaign posters of yesterday and today. Learners research party names and a variety of campaign materials. Students create a Venn Diagram as formal assessment.
So You Want to Be President?: Lesson 15
Students explore the election process. For 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. Students write a job description for a new president.
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.
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. They work in small groups to research information about assigned candidates and create official-looking résumés.
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. The resource explains other noteworthy points of an election process, including the distribution of electors based on population, the number of electoral votes necessary for winning an election, and such vocabulary as safe vs. swing states.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Election Day. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Choose or Lose: The Electoral Process
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.