**Includes 2016 presidential campaign activity**
Guide your upper elementary and middle school students through the American election process using content-rich, engaging activities with this United States government and elections unit.
This comprehensive unit contains 3 mini-units: government, voting, and presidential elections. You can conduct a large unit encompassing all of these topics, or you can use the mini-units on their own. The choice is yours!
The following are the concepts covered:
*U.S. government concepts of federal presidential constitutional republic and representative democracy
*U.S. Constitution, branches of government
*Three branches of government at national, state, and local levels
*Roles and responsibilities of three branches of government
*Concept of federalism and powers granted to federal and state governments
*History of political parties in the U.S.
*Basic information about Democratic, Republican, and third parties
*Comparison of Democratic and Republican platforms
*Roles & responsibilities of president
*Presidential election process
*Introduction to 2016 major party candidates (Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton)
*History of voting rights in the US
*Citizen participation in government by voting
*Current issues that impact students
*Evaluating sources of information and becoming an informed voter
*Citizen voting process
*Voter behavior analysis
With 21 activities in all, students will connect to important civics and government concepts in a variety of ways:
*foldables and other hands-on tasks
*higher-order reading response questions
*cooperative group jigsaw reading
*data collection and graphing
There are activities for individuals, partners, small groups, and the entire class. For detailed descriptions of all unit resources, please see the table of contents in the preview.
ALIGNED TO STANDARDS This unit is aligned to Common Core 4-8 Reading and Writing standards and 6-8 History/Social Studies standards. It is also aligned to the National Standards for Civics and Government.
EASY TO USE This 100+ page unit is organized into 3 mini-units. It includes a thorough table of contents for the entire unit so you can find what you need easily. Pages are numbered by unit and include footers with the activity names. Detailed suggested uses for all activities and supply lists for activities are also included.
GREAT VALUE You get three mini-units in one resource. This gives you a variety of options of how to use the material to best meet the needs of your students.
Your questions are welcome, and your feedback is appreciated!