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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Election Lesson Plans from C-SPAN Classroom

Earlier this morning I shared some videos about caucus and primary system used for determining the Presidential nominees from the Republican and Democratic parties. Through an email from C-SPAN Classroom I just found out about some lesson plans for teaching about caucuses, primaries, and the 2012 election season in general.

Primaries and Caucuses is a detailed lesson plan offered by C-SPAN Classroom. The lesson plan outlines a set of vocabulary terms, a case study, and links to video clips that illustrate and explain the ideas behind the caucus and primary systems.

Road to the White House is a lesson plan less focused on the minutia of the caucus and primary systems than it is on the overall presidential election process. Like the Primaries and Caucuses lesson plan, Road to the White House includes a vocabulary list and uses video clips.

Presidential Candidate Research is a lesson plan that provides students with a framework for evaluating the candidates. Although this lesson plan was developed for the 2012 Presidential election, it could certainly be altered for use during other election seasons.