The Electoral College

Main Objective

Students will analyze the processes involved and the reasons we use the electoral college system of presidential selection and the strategy required for a successful victory.

Additional Objectives

  • be able to define the role of an elector and how electors are chosen.
  • understand the Framer’s original plans, reasoning for the plan, and changes that have been made over time.
  • debate pros and cons of the electoral college system and various alternative plans proposed for electing the president.
  • analyze historical and current election information in various forms as evidence in the creation of their victory campaign strategy.
90
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download Lesson Plan

-Introduction: Election College Map/Results-Election of 2012 and 2000

-Direct Instruction-PPT: “Day 7 PowerPoint The Electoral College” with interactive notes

-Partner/Group Exercise: How Should We Elect The President?

-Partner/Group Exercise: Winning the Electoral College and the Presidency

HW: Electoral Map Campaign Strategy Assignment

Materials

-Introduction:

  1. Computer with internet access and/or student computer access
  2. Electoral College Election Results Intro

-Direct Instruction: The Electoral College

  1. Computer with internet access and/or student computer access
  2. Day 7 Power Point The Electoral College
  3. Day 7 Interactive Notes The Electoral College

– Partner/Group Exercise: How Should We Elect the President?

  1. Computer with internet access and/or student computer access
  2. Pros-Cons Research Form
  3. Previously completed “Day 7 Interactive Notes The Electoral College
  4. Electoral College Pros & Cons” Article (if computer access for students is not available)
  5. Web links for video: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c41251/clip-electoral-college; http://www.c-span.org/video/?c3668263/clip-constitution-day-united-states-senate

-Partner/Group Exercise: Winning the Electoral College and the Presidency

  1. Computer with internet access and student computer access
  2. Winning The Electoral College
  3. Web link: http://www.270towin.com/

-Homework

  1. Electoral Map Campaign Strategy” Assignment

 

60
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download Lesson Plan

-Introduction: Election College Map/Results-Election of 2012 and 2000

-Direct Instruction-PPT: “Day 7 PowerPoint The Electoral College” with interactive notes

-Partner/Group Exercise: Winning the Electoral College and the Presidency

HW: Electoral Map Campaign Strategy Assignment

Materials

-Introduction:

  1. Computer with internet access and/or student computer access
  2. Electoral College Election Results Intro

-Direct Instruction: The Electoral College

  1. Computer with internet access and/or student computer access
  2. Day 7 Power Point The Electoral College
  3. Day 7 Interactive Notes The Electoral College
  4. Web links for video: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c41251/clip-electoral-college; http://www.c-span.org/video/?c3668263/clip-constitution-day-united-states-senate

-Partner/Group Exercise: Winning the Electoral College and the Presidency

  1. Computer with internet access and student computer access
  2. Winning The Electoral College
  3. Web link: http://www.270towin.com/

-Homework

  1. Electoral Map Campaign Strategy” Assignment
30
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download Lesson Plan 

-Introduction: Election College Map/Results-Election of 2012 and 2000

-Direct Instruction-PPT: “Day 7 PowerPoint The Electoral College” with interactive notes

HW: Electoral Map Campaign Strategy Assignment

Materials

-Introduction:

  1. Computer with internet access and/or student computer access
  2. Electoral College Election Results Intro

-Direct Instruction: The Electoral College

  1. Computer with internet access and/or student computer access
  2. Day 7 Power Point The Electoral College
  3. Day 7 Interactive Notes The Electoral College

-Partner/Group Exercise: Winning the Electoral College and the Presidency

  1. Computer with internet access and student computer access
  2. Winning The Electoral College
  3. Web link: http://www.270towin.com/

-Homework

  1. Electoral Map Campaign Strategy” Assignment
  2. Web link: http://www.270towin.com/

Standards


Iowa Core: SS.9-12.PSCL.1
Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the values of lifelong civic action.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.PSCL.4
Understand the differences among the complex levels of local, state and national government and their inherent, expressed, and implied powers.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.PSCL.5
Understand strategies for effective political action that impact local, state, and national governance.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.PSCL.6
Understand how law and public policy are established at the local, state, and national levels of government.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.H.2
Understand how and why people create, maintain or change systems of power, authority, and governance.
Iowa Core: WHST.11-12.7
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Iowa Core: RH.11-12.7
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.