Popular v. President

Lesson Plan

Can the candidate who wins the majority of the popular votes miss out on being president? They can, and it's happened before. In this lesson, students learn about the Electoral College and the difference between the electoral and popular vote. Finally, students analyze arguments in favor of and against the Electoral College and decide which side they'll stand on.



  • Describe the process for electing the president 
  • Differentiate between the electoral vote and the popular vote 
  • Evaluate pros and cons of the Electoral College 
  • Make and defend an argument