ESL Presidential Election Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will be exposed to vocabulary associated with the presidential election and will put those terms to use in their own mock campaign and election process.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Use English vocabulary words associated with the electoral process
  • Explain the process of electing the President of the United States
  • Understand the role of political campaigning in the electoral process


30 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Election
  • President
  • Vice president
  • Candidate
  • Campaign
  • Motto


  • Paper
  • Writing utensils


  • Begin with a brief discussion of the American government.
    • Who is the leader of the government in the United States?
    • What does the President of the United States do?
    • What doesn't the President of the United States do?
    • How does someone become President? Who is eligible for this position?
    • Who is the Vice President? What does this person do?
    • How are political leaders selected in students' countries of origin?
  • Explain that Americans select their president through the process of election.

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