The Electoral College and the Constitution

What is the purpose of the Electoral College? Is it antiquated, or does it have a place in today's political climate? High schoolers view a series of video clips as they analyze the parts of the United States Constitution that address Electors and voting. Using the text and videos as evidence, they engage in a Socratic Seminar to discuss their opinions of the modern-day electoral system.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners contribute their own reflections and questions as they watch the video
  • Assign one or more of the videos for homework in a flipped classroom activity
  • Connect the lesson between language arts and social studies, either in a unit on the Constitution or during an election
Classroom Considerations

  • Add more depth to the discussion questions, or incorporate your own discussion questions
  • Lesson was designed in 2012, but is relevant to any election year
Pros

  • Provides a variety clips to engage learners
  • Includes both primary and secondary source materials for class members to evaluate
  • Attached electoral map is a valuable teaching tool
Cons

  • None