To understand the method used to elect the President of the United States.
1 and 1/2 class periods
Give each student a copy of pages 34A - 34D.
Read with the class the introductory paragraphs about the Electoral College at the top of page 34A. Assign all sections and questions in the lesson. Students will answer a Thought Question to develop critical thinking skills, interpret a chart to answer questions on the elections of 1789, 1792, 1796, and 1800, and then conclude the lesson by doing a Map Exercise and answering questions pertaining to the results of the election of 1804, which was the first election held under guidelines established by the 12th Amendment.
NOTE: If colored pencils are available, have the class members use them on the map.
At the beginning of the second class period, discuss student responses to the Thought Question. You may want to have a few volunteers read their paragraph to the class. Then, go over the answers to the questions throughout the lesson.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.