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.
NOTE: The slide presentations in this unit are PowerPoint documents. The text in the PowerPoint presentation(s) 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 ALTERABLE. This protects against copyright violation.
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
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.
Specific topics in this unit include:
Democratic Leadership Council
Special Interest Groups
A Pledge to America
Panic of 1893
New Deal Democrats
Democratic Republican Party
The Era of Good Feelings
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.
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