How Voters Decide: Crash Course Government and Politics #38

Have you ever asked people who just voted why they chose a particular candidate? The answers may very greatly. Scholars analyze the key factors of how voters decide which check mark to place in which boxes. They use a short video outlining the choices voters make in the United States government, which affects politics. It spurs discussion regarding how educated voters truly are when they go to the ballot box.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson with further research on why voters act as they do
  • Create a survey and have class members question  a registered voter on what influences why they vote a certain way 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires an internet connection and access if assigning the video as homework 
  • 38th lesson of a 50-part government series
Pros

  • Lesson includes a thought bubble, which animates the key concepts
  • Resource provides primary source topics for further research and investigation 
Cons

  • None