Make Sense of the Electoral College, 6-8
Length of Time: 2 Class periods
America elects its president in a complicated way. Some parts make sense while others are quite confusing. But there is a strict set of rules to follow. One can question the wisdom of this 18th century system that dictates to voters in the 21st century. The framers considered voting a privilege and an obligation and ensured that the people would have to work hard for this opportunity to participate in a republican form of government. In this lesson, students will explore how they make choices in their own lives as a way to understand this part of our political process.
What is the Electoral College and how does the United States elect its president?
Common Core Standards
English Language Arts: History/Social Studies:
Key Ideas and Details
RH.6-8.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RH.6-8.7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
RH.6-8.9. Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
US History 1:
- Revolution through Reconstruction
- Origins of Sectionalism
- Formation and Framework of American Democracy and Concepts of Government
- Political Democratization, 1790-1860