Congressional Elections: Crash Course Government and Politics #6

Have you ever considered running for student council? Scholars investigate the process of being elected to the United States Congress. They use the sixth video in a 50-part series exploring the US government and politics to better understand how congressional elections are decided as well as their complexity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Hold a mock election in the classroom with two candidates, debates, and a secret ballot
  • Invite a local politician as a guest speaker to address the concept of running for office
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure students have online access if assigning the video clip as homework
Pros

  • Lesson includes animation to assist with visual learning 
  • Uses direct quotes from primary sources to enhance understanding 
Cons

  • None