Elections, Money, and the First Amendment

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Those who spend the most, win.  Academics read informational text, participate in group discussion, and defend campaign reforms to understand the correlation between money, the First Amendment, and election results. The resource explains the effect of campaign spending, the influence of PACs, and the Citizens United Supreme Court case to understand the impact on presidential elections in the United States.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils work in small groups to create political action committee's (PACs)
  • Guide a group debate on the Citizens United Supreme Court case
Classroom Considerations
  • Additional information on the First Amendment may be needed 
Pros
  • Resource promotes active citizenship and campaign reform 
  • The lesson is adaptable to multiple grade levels 
Cons
  • None