Electoral College & More: Becoming the President & Staying the President
This lesson teaches students about becoming and to a certain extent staying the President of the United States. Students will once again review the Constitutional requirements of becoming the president with a close look on the “natural born” requirement. There is then an in-depth look at how the Electoral College works. A breakdown of how the Electoral College gets its 538 votes and how a majority of 270 votes is required. The student will be introduced to the idea that they are actually voting for “electors” and not the President, and the electoral process of casting votes. There is also a discussion of why the Electoral College was put in place by the framers of the Constitution. Students will learn about the 12th Amendment as viewed by the Presidential Election of 1800, as well as the Bush v. Gore election about how a candidate can will the popular vote but loose the electoral vote. Also covered is what happens when no candidate receives a majority of the Electoral College votes, the 25th Amendment and Presidential Succession, and the Impeachment process. This lesson includes:
• Completed lesson plan with step-by-step instructions
• PowerPoint presentation
• Smartboard activity
• State Exam Practice Test
• Video Clip Links
• Bell ringers
Check out the YouTube video Electoral College: Becoming & Staying the President - that goes with this lesson - which can be used to Flip Your Class or use in class:
While this lesson was designed for students taking the Civics EOC State Exam, it can be used for all Civics, US Government or US History classes.
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