Mini-lesson: Midterm Elections (HS)
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.
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