Mini-lesson: The Incumbent Advantage (HS)

Lesson Plan

Students will learn what an incumbent is, 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.


The student will be able to...

  • Explain what an incumbent is and the position's advantage

  • Identify effects of the incumbent advantage

  • Describe opinion journalism

  • Distinguish opinion headlines from news headlines


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