Lesson Plan

Presidential Primary Challengers

This Presidential Primary Challengers lesson plan also includes:

A formidable opponent can shake up the election of an incumbent president. Class members explore the results of the elections of 1912, 1968, 1976, 1980 and 1992 using video clips. A chart helps pupils organize their thoughts and analysis. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use video clips to research why candidates challenged sitting presidents
Classroom Considerations
  • Students need devices to access videos
  • Extension materials may be out of date as of the 2020 primary season
  • Activity explores an area of presidential history often short changed
  • Chart and supportive materials are ready to use 
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