Mini-lesson: The Incumbent Advantage (HS)

Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the electoral advantage that favors incumbents and the benefits and drawbacks of reelecting members of Congress. On page two of this Media Moment Mini-lesson, students will learn what distinguishes an opinion piece, op-ed, or commentary from traditional news. Students then practice identifying opinion and news headlines.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The student will be able to...

  • Explain the incumbent advantage

  • Identify effects of the incumbent advantage

  • Describe opinion journalism

  • Distinguish opinion headlines from news headlines