Take a peek into the electoral process- from party primaries to the general election. Students will learn the distinctions between the popular vote and the Electoral College, and exercise their critical reasoning skills to analyze the differences between the presidential and congressional elections. Students will also contrast the various nomination processes and learn about the role of party conventions in American politics.
Students will be able to:
DISTRIBUTE reading pages (double-sided ok) to the students.
READ page one with the class.
ASK students to brainstorm the kind of statements a nominee might make in an acceptance speech.
READ page two with the class. (If you have access to any printed campaign materials or political ads, share them with the class.)
IDENTIFY the number of electors your state has by working through the math example on page 2.
DISTRIBUTE the Calendar Activity.
COMPLETE the activity with the class. Check for correct dates.
DISTRIBUTE the review activity page and complete as a class.
INTRODUCE and distribute the two activity pages to the class.
READ and complete each section and discuss.