The Electoral College, Gr 9-12
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: Grades 9-12
RH.9-10.7. Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
RH.9-10.9. Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
RH.11-12.7. Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
RH.11-12.9. Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
US History 1: Revolution through Reconstruction
Concepts: Origins of Sectionalism
Formation and Framework of American Democracy and Concepts of Government
Political Democratization, 1790-1860
Civil War and Reconstruction
US History 2: 1877-2001