Presidential Election Process Texts & Activities: Electoral College, Primaries+

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Presidential Election Process: Becoming the President Texts & Activities

This civics unit teaches students the presidential election process, focusing on the Electoral College, Caucuses and Primaries, and Inauguration Day. Each text includes reading comprehension questions.

The questions come in both PDF and Google Slides formats.

Passages discussing the arguments for and against the Electoral College are included. Teachers can use them in various ways, including a persuasive essay or as a basis for debate.

Excerpts from Kennedy's and Reagan's First Inaugural Addresses are also included with higher level comprehension questions. They are a great way to integrate Common Core Reading skills for social studies! Teachers can use these passages to have students compare the written text with a video recording of the speeches. Teachers could also have students compare and contrast the Inaugural Addresses.

To review the election process, students complete a timeline of events. Teachers could use this activity as a formative assessment.

Texts and activities included in this product are:

  • Understanding the Electoral College
  • Debating the Electoral College: For and Against
  • Comparing Caucuses and Primaries
  • Inauguration Day
  • Analyzing the Oath of Office
  • Kennedy's Inaugural Address
  • Reagan's First Inaugural Address
  • The Road to the White House Timeline
  • Answer Key

Texts are written on approximately a 6th - 7th grade reading level.

Please see the preview to look at the texts.

Do you teach civics? You may be interested in my Civics and American History Interactive Notebook.


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Total Pages
42 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


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