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Politics and Public Policy

This unit is designed to provide students with an introduction to the electoral processes of the American political system. Students will develop a strong foundation that will inform them of their choices and encourage civic involvement. The Politics and Public Policy unit guides students to a deep understanding of concepts and processes through simulations, presentations, vocabulary-building activities and a mock election.

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  • Lesson Plan

    Rank Your Choice (Infographic)

    What is ranked-choice voting? How does it work? This infographic will walk you through the process!
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    The Spectrum of State Election Laws (Infographic)

    Election laws vary by state. Where do your state's laws fit on the wide spectrum of election laws across the country?
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    The Poll Picture (Infographic)

    Public opinion polls can give insight into people's priorities and opinions, and give candidates and the media a sense of the whole picture.
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    Peaceful Transfer of Power (Infographic)

    For over two centuries, American political offices have peacefully transferred power after every election.
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    Students Power Elections

    Students have a lot of power to influence elections! This unique resource, created by students for students, gives them them the ideas, knowledge, and skills to get started.
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    Running for President (Infographic)

    Lace up your shoes and learn how candidates run the race to become President of the United States!
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    Reapportionment & Redistricting

    Do you know how many representatives your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives? Do you know how that number is determined or if it's ever changed? Don't worry, you're about to find out!
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    Party Systems

    Does every country have Republicans and Democrats? (Spoiler alert: No.) Use this mini-lesson to show your students that there are lots of different political party systems around the world.Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDFs of this lesson's materials below!Love this lesson? Explore all of our free election curriculum and teaching resources at our Election Headquarters.  Partner Resources for this Lesson Plan include:Party Systems - Middle School - on NearpodPolitics and Public Policy - Newsela Text Set 
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    Win the White House Extension Pack

    Make your students’ game play more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Win the White House. This easy-to-use Extension Pack helps you give context and purpose to the game, as well as reinforce and assess the game concepts.Win the White House and its Extension Pack are correlated according to WIDA's methodology using the WIDA PRIME V2 Inventory. To see how these materials best meet your ELL students' needs, click here. (Note: PRIME stands for Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs.) 
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    Got Ballot?

    Covering everything from referendums to recalls, this lesson takes students to the voting booth and explains what they might see on a typical ballot. Students will discover how voters have the opportunity to initiate change in state and local government. Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials below!