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270 Votes to Win: The Electoral College in the United States

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Grade Level Grade 8, Grades 11-12
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

In this lesson, students read, annotate, and discuss a text that provides background on the creation, functioning, and debates over the Electoral College. Then they participate in a role play in which they act as member of a presidential commission making recommendations on whether (or how) to change the way presidents are elected in the United States.

In a follow-up lesson, students explore the historical question of slavery's role in the development of the Electoral College. That lesson can be found here

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270-Votes-to-Win.pdf

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January 7, 2021
1.98 MB
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Standards

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

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