Lesson Plan

Presidential Electability

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There are specific constitutional requirements that candidates must meet to become president of the United States. In addition, there are societal opinions that affect a candidate's electability. Class members examine historical documents, read biographies, and consider current biases (race, sex, sexuality, economic status, etc.) to determine which of the candidates they deem electable.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members examine political ads for their chosen candidate to determine the degree to which the ad targets electability issues
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a series of resources from ProCon, a non-partisan, informational site
  • Links are provided to resources that provide historical information
  • Several options are suggested for how to conduct the activity
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