Mini-Lesson: The Incumbent Advantage

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Does the person running for re-election have an advantage over the challenger? Scholars explore the concept of incumbent advantage during elections using an informative mini-lesson explaining the legislative branch. In pairs, they analyze the way the legislative branch sways elections with issues such as gerrymandering. They take a look at current events to uncover possible media bias toward a candidate while researching how it plays a role in the incumbent's chances of re-election. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review concepts of the lesson with a five-question quiz from Quizlet
  • Extend the lesson with a short video on the incumbent advantage in the 2012 election
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a projector and computer access if instructors use as a presentation 

  • Provides a teacher answer key for grading purposes 
  • Gives a printable worksheet and materials 

  • None