1964 Electoral College Worksheet: Election of 1964 Map Worksheet

1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet
1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet
1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet
1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet
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Help your students understand the structure and vagaries of the Electoral College like never before as they study the map that represents Lyndon Johnson's landslide victory in 1964.

This is a Critical Thinking Worksheet that requires students to do a lot more than just read the included map. You won't find "giveaway" questions here -- no asking students who won Tennessee or how many electoral votes Nevada had that year.

Instead, students are challenged to use the information on the map to reach conclusions about a number of issues, including:
--From the map data, which states appear to have approximately equal populations?
--From the map data, how many members in the House of Representatives must a specified state have?
--Why did Goldwater win Arizona even though the rest of that region of the nation chose Johnson?
--What did the popular vote probably look like, considering how the electoral vote went?

When finished, students should have a thorough understanding of the structure of the Electoral College, with states receiving vote allotments based largely, but not exclusively, on their populations. They should also understand how the "winner take all" system in use by most states tends to skew the map toward one that makes even a landslide election look a lot more one-sided than it really was!


A Good Review of American Geography!

The map included on the worksheets has electoral vote allotments marked, but state names are not indicated except for a few small states along the eastern seaboard. To answer questions, however, students will need to be able to identify several unmarked states.

Students who do not know one state from another will benefit from using a standard map from their textbook or from an online source. Having to compare one map to another is a positive benefit -- it can help students learn a few more states! At the very least, it will point out to students that they don't yet know the U.S. map well, which means they need more practice and study with it.


What This 1964 Electoral College Worksheet Includes

---Student worksheet with map and 12 critical thinking questions
---Student extended-thinking worksheet with map and 3 challenge prompts
---Detailed annotated answer key for the critical thinking worksheet
---Additional answer key for the challenge prompt worksheet


Ways to Use this 1964 Electoral Map Worksheet

---Teach a brief lesson first on the way a state gets its allotment of electoral votes, then let students work in pair or groups to complete the questions
---Make it a discovery learning experience, with students permitted to use online research to help them answer the questions
---Go through the critical thinking questions as a group to help students master the Electoral College, but then have them do the challenge prompts individually as a follow-up


When to Use this 1964 Electoral College Worksheet:

This lesson works well when learning about the 1960s or when going through a unit on LBJ's presidency.

However, it can also be used as a general lesson at any time to help students "see" the workings of the Electoral College with a lot more accuracy. Both history and civics/government teachers can find it useful for this purpose.



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I also have prepared detailed worksheets to go with American Experience: LBJ, a fantastic documentary that takes students through Lyndon Johnson's entire life, with strong emphasis on his two terms as president, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movement.

BEST VALUE: American Experience -- The Presidents: LBJ Worksheets covering all four parts of the documentary series: American Experience: LBJ Worksheets for the Entire 4-Hour Series

Alternately, you can download these LBJ American Experience worksheets two episodes at a time if you are only planning on using the first or last half of the video series:

American Experience: LBJ Worksheets for the First Half of the 4-Hour Series

American Experience: LBJ Worksheets for the Last Half of the 4-Hour Series



I wish you a very happy school year and hope that you find this resource to be useful!

Elise Parker
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1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet
1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet
1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet
1964 Electoral College Worksheet:  Election of 1964 Map Worksheet