Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lessons and Posters About the Electoral College

I'm a registered member of C-SPAN Classroom and I think that anyone who teaches U.S. Civics and Government can benefit from being a member too. Membership is free and sometimes you'll receive emails for free physical stuff like this offer for an Electoral College Map and Poster. If you don't want the poster you should at least check out the lesson ideas that are featured on the offer page.

Applications for Education
C-SPAN Classroom features three lesson ideas along with the free poster (small PDF versions of the poster are also available for download). The simplest lesson is one sheet of questions about the Electoral College that students can answer by using the poster.

Electoral College Pros/Cons and Alternatives is a lesson that requires students to read positions, watch video clips, and then form an opinion before engaging in classroom debate.

The Electoral College and the Constitution is a series of activities that asks students to examine the origins and intent of the Electoral College before examining the Electoral College's role in modern elections.