Showing posts with label Caucus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Caucus. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What's the Difference Between a Caucus and a Primary

When I turned on the news this morning I was greeted with the news that the results of the Iowa caucuses would be delayed. That made me realize that I haven't posted any resources that can be used to help students understand how a president is chosen in the United States.

The first step in choosing a president is the party primaries and caucuses. Some people think they are the same thing, but they're not. USA Today has a video that clearly explains the differences between the two processes.

Your students, like mine did last week, might ask you why Iowa is always the site of the first caucus. Here's a good video from 2016 that explains why Iowa goes first.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CNN Student News is Back for 2012 - Caucuses and Primaries

CNN Student News is back for 2012 and this morning's episode is about the Iowa caucuses and North Korea. The bulk of the episode is about the caucuses, why they are important, and why the primaries later in the month are important too. The video is embedded below.

I did a quick search on YouTube for some other explanations of caucuses and came up with this video from CBS News.

Here is an explanation of the caucus process according to Sky News.

CNN also has this video explaining why Iowa and New Hampshire go first and matter.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Why Super Tuesday is Important- NPR Report

It's Super Tuesday! Super Tuesday is arguably the most important day in the election process. National Public Radio ( has an interactive election map to accompany its podcast coverage of Super Tuesday. Click on the map to try it out. To listen to a podcast from NPR about Super Tuesday click here.

Application for Educators
The NPR interactive map is a good teaching tool and resource for students. The NPR interactive map has a state by state and in some cases county by county break down of the primaries and caucuses. The map includes a calendar of events for each state. The map also has a time line of events.