Primaries, Parties, Caucuses & Conventions

Lesson Plan


A candidate has to pass a LOT of tests before anyone can actually vote for them for president. Introduce your students to the big events and mile markers of the electoral process and learn what a candidate must do before reaching the final test: the general election.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe the role of political parties
  • Contrast primaries and caucuses as ways to nominate someone within a political party
  • Explain the role of national conventions in the political process
  • Describe the electoral process in primary elections
  • Identify key dates for national elections