Students will learn about the midterm election, its role as a referendum on the presidency, and how a shift in party control impacts the legislative and executive branches. Page two of this Media Moment Mini-lesson overs horse race journalism, common during election season, and the limitations of this type of coverage. In the activity, students consider an article about a West Virginia Senate primary candidate and practice distinguishing substantive information about a candidate from horse race coverage.


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Midterm Elections - Middle School - on Nearpod



The student will be able to...

  • Define midterm elections

  • Describe the impact midterm elections have on the executive and legislative branch

  • Identify horse race journalism

  • Explain how horse race journalism can affect the public


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