Presidential Election of 1992 Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan introduces the 1992 Presidential election to students and helps them understand its historic significance. A sorting activity challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge of each candidate. Then, students will complete a printable worksheet and participate in a debate.

Learning Objectives

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

  • summarize why the 1992 election was historic
  • describe the background and views of each candidate
  • participate in a debate from the perspective of one of the candidates


1 to 1.5 hours


  • Prepared index cards (see activity)
  • Video clips of 1992 Presidential debate

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • Begin by writing the names George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot on the whiteboard. Ask students what they know about each of these men. List their ideas on the board.
  • Play the video lesson The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush, pausing at 1:52.
  • Now review the information listed on the board and ask students what these three men have in common. Add new ideas to the lists.
  • Continue watching the video. Pause at 3:00 to add additional information about Bill Clinton and Ross Perot to the list.

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