T. Ikeda, Hoover High School
Designer: T. Ikeda
Publication Date: June 18, 2004
History Social-Science11.1.2 Students will analyze the debates on the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Students compare the past and the present in evaluating the consequences of past events and determining the lessons that were learned.
Key Concepts: JUSTICE , POWER, RIGHTS, CAUSE AND EFFECT, EQUAL RIGHTS
Students will be able to analyze and describe the Electoral College and its role in US History
Students will engage in a simulation of an election in which the results are based on the Electoral College not the popular vote.
EL\ Inclusion Strategies:
Response groups, problem solving groups.
Photo and picture analysis
Campaign journals using multiple source and symbols.
Videos-2000 and 2004 presidential elections.
Pictures of the candidate
Newspaper and magazine articles of the 2000 and 2004 campaign
Notebook for journal.
Procedure(Opportunities to Learn\Perform):
1. Picture and photo analysis of Election of 2000.
2. Quick write: Can the president be elected if he has less popular votes than his opponent?
1. Students will write in response to the following prompts:
A. How is a president elected in a totalitarian state?
B. How is a president elected in a direct democracy?
C. How is a president elected in our federal republic?
2. Organize the students into groups and compare answers.
3. Each group should present their responses.
4. Write the responses to question C on the front board.
5. Review the Electoral College.
6. Discuss the presidential election of 2000 and the role of the Electoral College.
7. Students will make a journal of the 2004 presidential campaign
8. Students will organize a presidential campaign and debate.
9. Students will organized into groups based upon proportions of the Electoral College and vote
10. The results of the election will be based on who gets the most Electoral College votes
Student will need Internet Access to research the Elections of 2000 and 2004.
Resources: The Americans
The American Pageant
All forms of the media for their election journal and campaign.
1. Individual and group activity.
2. Essay: Analyze the debate on ratification of the Electoral College and its validity today.
3. Election journal a daily entries written by the students.
4. Mock campaign and election.