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84 resources with the concept the electoral college

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Elections: Polling, Debates, Voting, and the Final Countdown

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Election season is a great opportunity to hone critical thinking skills in the classroom. Teach young citizens about the ins and outs of the American political system, provide information about current and historical presidential...
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Electoral College Lesson Packet

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Constitutional Rights Foundation presents two lessons about the Electoral College. The first has scholars examine a text that provides background information about the Electoral College. Then class members engage in a role play...
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2020 Election Lesson Plans

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
With all the hyperbole of an election year, it can be difficult to find the facts, just the facts about candidates, issues, and ballot measures. Young political scientists, with the help of 21 resources from a nonpartisan, information...
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Empowering Democracy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do you prepare your students to become informed and involved citizens? You could check out the ideas in this collection of materials from the non-profit Classroom Law Project.
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Becoming US President

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's that time of year, and the year. Once again the race is on for the White House. It's important that young voters, and would-be voters, understand the process for becoming the United States President. Class members research the...
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The House of Representatives

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The House of Representatives has a lot of responsibility  in the United States government. But how did it all begin, and why is it the way it is now? A comprehensive lesson answers all of these questions about the US Constitution and...
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The Office of the Executive

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
An executive is not just a leader of a company; you can also use the term to describe the president of the United States. The ninth part of a 20-part unit teaches high schoolers about the importance of the executive branch and the...
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The Senate

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do your learners struggle to understand the differences between the Senate and the House of Representatives?  Help them develop an understanding of how the US Constitution's clauses affect the Senate's operations. A high-quality social...
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Exploring the Electoral College

For Students 8th - 12th
Does your vote really count? This activity helps young voters learn about the electoral college through a TED talk, a helpful handout, discussion prompts, and then a role-playing activity that has participants simulating an election on a...
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2016 Electoral College Map

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The electoral college can be confusing for citizens of any age. Clear up misconceptions with a handy printable map that details how many electoral votes are allotted to each state, as well as a history of modern elections, complete with...
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Democracy vs. Republic vs. Dictatorship

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Simulate the inner-workings of three different types of government with one activity. The class splits into three groups, and each group creates a Frisbee. The twist is that each group must behave like a certain type of government. Who...
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The Electoral College Activities

For Students 8th - 12th
Turn your students into informed voters with this series of worksheets about the Electoral College. Activities range from vocabulary review, studying a map of Electoral votes, answering questions about an (included) article, and...
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Election of 1800

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The 2020 election is not the only unpredictable one in history. The Election of 1800 highlighted an unforeseen event in a presidential election. The activity reviews documents from the elections and what happened when the electoral...
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PBS Electoral Decoder

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Imagine being able to explore all the presidential elections from 1789-2016! Being able to examine the key events, how the states voted, and the importance of the Electoral College in each of the elections! A PBS cartogram makes all this...
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A Defense of the Electoral College

For Students 9th - 12th
Each presidential election year, the debate about the electoral college rages. Michael C. Maibach's "A Defense of the Electoral College" offers young political scientists an opportunity to examine a reasoned argument for why the...
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Electoral College

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Most people are surprised to learn that American democracy is not as direct as they thought. Using a package of guiding questions, charts and curated videos, learners unpack the unique American institution of the Electoral College. The...
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Electoral College Philosophical Chairs Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Because of the Electoral College, it is possible to win the popular vote in a US Presidential election and still lose the election. After researching the pros and cons of the Electoral College, class members engage in a structured debate...
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The Troubled Elections of 1796 and 1800

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Congress does more than create new laws. Political scientists delve into the elections of 1796 and 1800 to understand how political parties, the Electoral College, and personal agendas affected the election process. The resource also...
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Slavery and the Electoral College

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How did slavery mold the creation of the US Constitution? The final lesson in the series focuses on how slavery impacted the creation of the Electoral College. Academics learn how the Electoral College was created because Southern states...
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270 Votes to Win: The Electoral College in the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What exactly is the Electoral College and how does it work? The instructional activity is part of a larger series on government that explains what the Electoral College is and how it helps determine an election winner. Academics...
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Electoral College: Does My Vote Count?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can a candidate get the most votes, yet still lose the race for the presidency? This is has happened more than once in American history, including in the elections of 2000 and 2016. Using an activity for creating group notes, young...
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Electoral College

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Electoral College's role in elections is sometimes confusing and controversial. Pupils use a debate topics website to research the pros and cons of the practice to debate whether the United States should still use the Electoral...
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The Executive Branch

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
While the president is perhaps the most famous politician, why did the Founding Fathers create the office? While it has evolved over time, the presidency has its roots in the American Revolution. A video resource—created for Constitution...
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The Electoral College

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Young citizens learn about the workings of the electoral system with a series of informative exercises. Activities include class simulations and role plays of congressional and electoral voting processes, in-depth discussion, plenty of...
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The Electoral College

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Put the Electoral College into perspective with a simulation of an election. Scholars experience an electoral vote, participate during in-depth discussion on the topic, and engage in a Congressional Committee where they learn about the...
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Town Hall Wall: College Exam

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The college that directly affects young citizens' lives is not the university they're applying to. Learn about the Electoral College in a town hall activity in which class members debate the merits of the current system versus electing a...
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General Election Activity Booklet

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
It's never too early to practice smart voting! Gain practice voting in a general election using a booklet compiled of an assortment of activities including a word search, maze, graphing, and more!         
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The Electoral College and the Constitution

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is the purpose of the Electoral College? Is it antiquated, or does it have a place in today's political climate? High schoolers view a series of video clips as they analyze the parts of the United States Constitution that address...
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Electoral College Pros/Cons and Alternatives

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
If every vote counts, why do we need the electoral college? Middle and high schoolers study the Constitutional precedent of the electoral college, as well as its place in historical and modern elections, with an engaging social studies...
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The Great Electoral Race Kickoff

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do young people care about elections? Host a discussion about the role of young citizens in the electoral process with an engaging social studies lesson. As high schoolers read and respond to four statements about youth interest in...
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Watching the Returns

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Elementary learners may be too young to vote, but they're not too young to be politically aware. Encourage future voters to keep track of election results during a presidential election with a handy map and lesson plan. As the polls...
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What does the Constitution say about voting? Constitutional Amendments and the Electoral College

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of voting rights in the US, class members examine Constitutional amendments connected with voting and the role of the Electoral College in the election process.
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Electoral College

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
A presidential election is a lot like the 2004 World Series, and it's also a lot like choosing an orange in a paper bag. Apply the process of the electoral college to these two analogies with a set of lessons about government...
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Presidential Elections and the Electoral College

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
To understand the controversy surrounding the US 2000 presidential election, class members investigate the rationale behind the Electoral Collage, the intimidation involved in the election of 1876, and the 2004 American League...
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Sample Test: Politics, Voting & Civic Participation

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between Democrats and Republicans? What propaganda techniques do political parties use? What is the Electoral College? Here you'll find a 22-question multiple-choice assessment on the voting practices, politics,...
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The Electoral College

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Is the Electoral College the best method of electing the president of the United States? Your young historians will write a persuasive essay discussing the historical perspective of the college, pros and cons, and a final argument for or...
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The Electoral Process

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
From a candidate's first declaration of intention to become president, through nominations and the campaign trail, and finally to election day, your class members will gain a general understanding of what it takes for an individual to...
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Executive Branch Worksheet

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Consider using this assessment on the executive branch of the United States Constitution to help you work backward and plan your curriculum accordingly. The worksheet covers who specifically holds the office of chief executive,...
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US Presidential Election : The Electoral College

For Teachers 6th - 10th
The purpose the electoral college and its role in the 2000 US Presidential Election is the focus of this animated video. Use this film as the basis of a class debate about the need for the electoral college.
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Do We Still Need the Electoral College?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
One of the most confusing aspects of any presidential election year is the role of the Electoral College. Learners read a bit about how the Electoral College works and then they hold a mock election in their classroom. They'll redraw a...
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3 Branches of Our Government

For Students 6th - 12th
This straightforward fill-in-the-blank activity could be used for a variety of purposes. Young historians are given 10 sentences about the branches of government; they fill in the blanks with terminology that is related to the United...
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The Organization of Political Parties

For Students 10th - 12th
Challenge the future world leaders in your class with this worksheet, which tests their knowledge on the organization of modern political parties. Students can access their prior knowledge of current elections, or notes from your...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Invasion of the Super Delegates

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events worksheet, learners analyze a political cartoon about the electoral college and superdelegates. Students then respond to 3 talking point questions.
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So You Want to Be President?: Voting and Electoral College

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders practice a voting method.  In this presidential election lesson, 6th graders review the concept of checks and balances, learn new terms such as the electoral college and the electoral vote, map out the electoral votes and...
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Electoral College

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders discover how the Electoral College works. In this presidential elections lesson, 11th graders compare and contrast the Electoral College and popular vote as they participate in a classroom simulation. Students also...
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U.S. Constitution - Selecting the President

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students study how the electoral college works to select a U.S. President.  In this history lesson, students examine the U.S. Elector College methods then answer questions and write an essay that relate to the state where they live.
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Campaign Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider what it takes to win an American presidential election. In this current events lesson, students access a PBS news video about the electoral college online, watch it, and then complete activities that require them to ...
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Electoral College and Political Strategy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners act as political strategists.  In this electoral college lesson, groups of students work together and act as a political strategist for their presidential candidate.  They explore and develop a campaign strategy and identify...
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The Electoral College

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students identify trends for different states in awarding Electoral College votes. In this American Government lesson, students collect voting data from the Internet on how each state's Electoral College votes were awarded in the last...
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Census and Apportionment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students manage census data. In this U.S. Census lesson plan, students understand and describe the role census data play in apportionment decisions as they analyze the connection between apportionment and the Electoral College.
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Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders study the parts of the Constitution that address presidential election. They complete a variety of activities designed to spark debate about the flaws in the Electoral College system.
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The Final Countdown

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the United States electoral college system as it applies to the 2004 presidential election. They investigate the impact of the twelve battleground states in the 2004 election and develop informative pamphlets on the...
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The 1932 Election: A Turning Point in History

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Young scholars discuss the presidential election in 1932. In this U.S. history lesson, students compare and contrast the differences between the Hoover administration and the administration of FDR. Young scholars work in groups and...
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Majority Rules

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students color code a map of the United States and label the amount of Electoral votes each state has. In this Electoral College lesson plan, students conduct a vote of their own.
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US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars campaign for president. In this presidential election lesson, students discuss the process of electing presidents, write their own campaign songs, research a campaign train schedule, and create campaign maps.
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The Class Party

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students take a closer look at presidential elections. In this Electoral College lesson, students participate in a classroom simulation that requires them to form a political party that puts forth a candidate to run for election.
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Electoral College Policy Brief to the Virginia Governor\ Electoral College Policy Brief to the Virginia Governor

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the voting process for the President of the United States.  In this American Government instructional activity, 8th graders research the viewpoints on this system.  Students participate in a debate on this process. 
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U. S. Constitution - Elections and Terms in Office

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore American elections and terms in office. In this U.S. government lesson, students respond to questions about voting rights. Students  then write position papers on the existence of the Electoral College.
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Federalists, the Founding Fathers and the Electoral College

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the Federalist and Anti-Federalist views of the U.S. plan for government. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students discuss the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation as they read selected Federalist Papers....
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Electoral College

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the effectiveness of the Electoral College. In this Electoral College lesson, students determine if the electoral process is the best way to elect the president. Students write reaction papers on the topic.
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Electoral Process and Political Leadership

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze voting issues. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students read articles regarding the election of 1824, government in ancient Rome, and lack of voter participation. High schoolers discuss their impressions of each of...
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Elections in America

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the election process in America.  In this US Government lesson, 11th graders analyze the problems with the Electoral College.  Students research a specific state and create a state flash card in regards to the...
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Elections

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study the election process. In this election process lesson, students study the election process of the United States. Students read information and complete a worksheet for reasons to vote as well as the history of voting.
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The Electoral College

For Students 7th - 8th
In this electoral college worksheet, students interpret a table depicting the electoral college results of the 2008 election. Students create a map chart to match the table. This two-page worksheet contains a table listing the 50 state...
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Choose or Lose: The Electoral Process

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students examine the local and national election process. In groups, they brainstorm a list of the issues important to them and compare them to an overall list of issues present in the election. They analyze graphs and complete...
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Electoral College - Out of Date?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders investigate the procedures of the Electoral College as well as alternative proposals for electing the President of the United States. After presenting their research findings in a simulated constitutional convention, ...
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Does My Vote Count?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners are introduced to the processes of electing a President and Vice-President. In groups, they research the purpose of the Electoral College and compare and contrast the popular and electoral vote. They discuss if they see a need...
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The Presidential Election Process

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students examine the presidential election process and discover that presidential elections are decided by the electoral college and not popular votes. They see that each state has a number of electors, and understand how this number is...
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The Electoral College

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students examine the Electoral College's role in the election process. They conduct Internet research, and identify the elections in which the Electoral College played a deciding role.
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The Election Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how Electoral College works, compare and contrast candidates or issues, and discuss importance of becoming registered, active voting individuals.
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How the Electoral College Works

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the history and mechanics of the Electoral College and formulate opinions as to whether this institution should be preserved, modified or eliminated. They predict future outcomes of electoral vs. popular votes.
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Reading the Election Results

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students read a chart that shows results of the 1996 presidential election. They answer teacher created questions about the chart.
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Does my vote count? Teaching the electoral college

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the electoral process and its history through reading, research, and discussion. They convene a constitutional convention to debate altering this process.
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Rocking the Vote

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore how a presidential candidate can win the popular vote but not receive enough electoral votes to win the election. They analyze various regions' voting trends, explore how these trends reflect the outcome of the 2004...
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US Constitution: Government, Executive Branch, The President

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read and discuss the description of the powers assigned to the Executive Branch in the US Constitution. They consider the Electoral College, presidential military responsibilities and impeachment.
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The White House or Bust: How Americans Elect Their President

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students explain the presidential duties and who is eligible to run for president. In this The White House or Bust article, students complete a map of the electoral college. In addition students analyze historical campaign posters....
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Decision Day

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students participate in a role play activity that emphasizes the theory behind the Electoral College. They form small groups of different sizes in order to present a candidate for class president. Finally, they use a map to determine the...
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The World Almanac for Kids

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders identify and compare the features of The World Almanac for Kids in the print form and in the CD-ROM/ on-line form. They predict which format is the easiest to access and the most informative, then draw conclusions from...
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Presidential Campaigning

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders participate in a simulated presidential campaign by conducting research on the Internet. They define a party platform, run a campaign and write and deliver speeches in teams. Students can then act as the electoral college...
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Campaign 2004: Classroom Electorate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils role play as political analysts first forecasting the electoral college vote in a presidential election and then, following the results of the actual count. They study the role of swing states, and why political participation is...
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Proportional Representation: A Fairer Voting System?

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders work as a grade to conduct a mock election. They tally votes in two different systems and discuss if proportional representation or straight counting of votes leads to a fairer outcome.
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The Electoral College

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read and complete an assignment debating whether the Electoral College should be replaced.
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Election 2000

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the 2000 presidential election. Students write an expository essay in response to the following: Should the election process in the United states be changed?
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The Old Electoral College Try

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine defining issues in the race for the White House and evaluate important issues in several of the swing states. They create and administer a poll in their community and make predictions by analyzing the data.