Use these resources to introduce students to how the American people elect national leaders, the laws that govern the nation, and the three branches of government.
We cannot take it for granted that our students understand what they hear relating to an upcoming election, especially our ELL students. Vocabulary is acquired though both exposure and explicit instruction. Vocabulary instruction involves review, repetition, and word-learning strategies. It also involves getting students actively engaged in using and thinking about basic election word meanings.
- Learn and practice using new vocabulary
- Generate examples to reinforce meaning
- Practice sharing orally
- Use newly learned words to enforce comprehension
- Use new vocabulary to campaign for a candidate
- Work and share ideas together
Students will campaign for one of the presidential candidates. If you have enough students for four groups, assign two groups the Democrats and the other two groups the Republicans. Each group will present to the class in some form, for example via posters, speeches, campaign slogans, songs, raps, commercials, etc. After the group presentations, the students will cast their secret ballots and the votes will be tallied.
Formative assessment is achieved by observing students as they respond to questions, ask questions, and interact with other students during activities. During this unit, you should monitor your students' progress and make any instructional adjustments, such as re-teaching, giving students more opportunities to practice, or holding more classroom discussions. The students will be able to monitor their own progress as they get feedback from their peers.
- Election Book List
- Reading in the Content Areas: Strategies for Reading Success by Dr. Kate Kinsella