270 Votes to Win: The Electoral College in the United States

This 270 Votes to Win: The Electoral College in the United States lesson plan also includes:

What exactly is the Electoral College and how does it work? The lesson is part of a larger series on government that explains what the Electoral College is and how it helps determine an election winner. Academics participate in discussion, role-play, writing activities, and read handouts to understand the historical background and how the Electoral College works today. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a mock class election with an Electoral College 
  • Arrange for a local representative to speak to the class regarding voting 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is part one of a two part series
Pros
  • Includes extension activities to enhance learning 
  • Clearly explains a complex component of presidential elections 
Cons
  • None