American Electoral Process Mini-Unit

Grade Levels
6th - 9th, Homeschool
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5 pdf presentations 15-page graphic organizer, 5 - 1 page quizzes
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Political Parties

Key words include:
⭐ Delegate

⭐ Caucus

⭐ Open primary

⭐ Closed primary

⭐ Super PAC

⭐ Inauguration

⭐ Representative Democracy

⭐ Popular vote

⭐ Electors

⭐ Electoral College

⭐ Conservative Coalition

⭐ Democratic Leadership Council

⭐ Great Society

⭐ Reagan Democrats

⭐ Special Interest Groups

⭐ A Pledge to America

⭐ Republican Party

⭐ Panic of 1893

⭐ Progressive Era

⭐ Political Machines

⭐ Monopolies

⭐ Great Depression

⭐ Liberals

⭐ Conservatives

⭐ New Deal Democrats

⭐ Federalist Party

⭐ Democratic Republican Party

⭐ The Era of Good Feelings

⭐ Jacksonian Democracy

⭐ Whigs

Each PowerPoint presentation in this unit contains:

► Vocabulary (matched to the graphic organizer).

► Primary or secondary source excerpt(s) for students to interpret.

► An overall Thinking Focus Question.

► At least one or more: Make a Prediction, Make a Connection, and What Do You Think? questions.

The companion 3-page graphic organizer that accompanies each PowerPoint presentation will help students organize, comprehend, and retain the information presented in the PowerPoint slides! Aligned to the Common Core standards, the well-designed graphic organizer consist of two pages entitled, “My In Class Note-Taking,” and one page entitled, “Applying My Knowledge.”

“My In Class Note-Taking” pages graphically organize the most important material in the PowerPoint presentation. These are the "nuts and bolts" upon which students should focus and take notes. Each graphic organizer is aligned to one or more of the Common Core standards.

“Applying My Knowledge” handout is designed to challenge students to apply the information they have learned from the PowerPoint presentation and the two page “My In Class Note-Taking” graphic organizer. The assignment incorporates higher-level thinking skills and asks students to actively “do” something with the information to demonstrate their learning. This page can be used for homework or completed in class the next day.

**CAN BE ALTERED!** This American Electoral Process Mini-UNIT download includes a total of 5 PowerPoint presentations, 15+ graphic organizer pages, and 5 “quick” quizzes (teacher key included). The quizzes are Word documents which can be modified or changed to meet the needs of your classroom.

PLEASE NOTE: These lessons are PowerPoint documents. The TEXT in these PowerPoint documents can be altered, as can the order of the slides, transitions between slides, and animation of bullet points. The photos and proprietary fonts (in the titles and backgrounds) have been “digitally flattened” and are NOT able to be altered. This protects against copyright violation. Please understand what you are buying and my Terms of Use before purchasing this lesson. Thank you!

Here are the lessons found in the American Electoral Process Mini-UNIT:

Lesson 1: History of Political Parties (1776-1845)
Lesson 2: History of Political Parties (1845-1932)
Lesson 3: History of Political Parties (1932-2010)
Lesson 4: Electoral College v.s. Popular Vote
Lesson 5: Electing a President

UNIT: The American Electoral Process

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Total Pages
5 pdf presentations 15-page graphic organizer, 5 - 1 page quizzes
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
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.


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