Linkage Institutions: Interest Groups: Option A

How are elections really run and won? Learn about special interest groups, super PACs, and lobbyists with an engaging instructional activity about the caucus process. Young voters research specific interest groups and analyze their part in previous and upcoming elections.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in an election year, or when discussing the roles of various interest groups in government
  • Have your class follow an upcoming election through a specific lens, such as a lobbyist, constituent, or candidate
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is based on the election process in Iowa, but many of the materials are still applicable for learners in other states
  • The projects featured in some of the extension homework links are not available
Pros

  • Comes with a 30 minute version of the lesson, as well as a 60-minute version
  • Provides auxiliary materials for the lessons, including a slideshow presentation, worksheets, and additional activities
Cons

  • None