Lesson Plan : Election Unit

Teacher Name:
 Jozelda Porter
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 Election 2004 : A look at Modern Politics This is America's regular Presidential election and students will be taking part in this historic event by completing a unit on the electoral process.
Content:
 This unit will cover the process of electing our chief executive officers. It will include several special projects. Students will take a test over vocabulary words on a weekly basis. KEY VOCABULARY: ELECTORAL COLLEGE, ELECTION, PRESIDENT, PRIMARY, CAUCUS, POLLS, SURVEY, OPINION, CUE WORDS, OPEN-ENDED QUESTION, CLOSED-ENDED QUESTION, QUOTA, NATIONAL CONVENTION, DELEGATE, SUPER DELEGATE, VOTE, CITIZENSHIP, ISSUES, CANDIDATE, CAMPAIGN, FACTIONS, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, NOMINEE, PARTY FAVORITE, PARTY PLATFORM, COMPROMISE, NOMINATED, CONSERATIVE, LIBERAL, DEBATE, BALLOT, PETITION, POLITICAL CARTOON, SLOGAN, BATTLEGROUND STATES, ECONOMY, FOREIGN POLICY, SUFFRAGE,DEMOCRACY, DEMOCRAT, REPUBLIC, REPUBLICAN, INDEPENDENT, POPULAR VOTE, COALITION, COMPROMISE.
Goals:
 The student will be able to write an essay about the election process in America. Also the student will be able to recognize bias in media as well as write a defensive paper on an issue. The student will be able to explain the entire election process from beginning to end and explain at what point differnt requirements must be met.
Objectives:
 1. TLW identify key vocabulary terms. 2. TLW identify the Key people involved in this election. 3. TLW participate in group projects featuring debates and polling. 4. TLW complete venn diagrams on the candidates, issues, and debates. 5. TLW complete maps showing the electoral college, battleground states and voter turnout. 6.TLW discuss political cartoons and create one supporting one of the candidates. 7.TLW compare the candidates using biographies, media coverage and research. 8.TLW write a response to an editorial. 9.TLW write an essay on the value of voting. 10.TLW complete a scavenger hunt.
Materials:
 newspapers, classroom notes, classroom worksheets, magazines, Internet access, television or radio.
Introduction:
 Students will beging the study of htis unit by focusing on current events surrounding the election.
Development:
 Classroom notes and discussions will help to develop the project steps. Vocabualry tests will be completed weekly. Journal writing and essay willl show understanding.
Practice:
 Teacher made worksheets, homework assignments and quizzes.
Checking For Understanding:
 Test score Essay scores
Closure:
 This unit will end after the November general election with a culminating exercise.
Evaluation:
 Students willl show mastery in writing assignments and discussion groups and end of the unit report.

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