About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Electoral Systems chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Representation and U.S. electoral systems||Congressional districts, party votes, legislature members|
|Tuesday||Plurality and majority-based elections||Vote percentage, first past the post, over 50% of the vote, runoff election|
|Wednesday||Direct elections||State representatives, popular vote|
|Thursday||Indirect elections||Presidential election, the Electoral College|
|Friday||Runoffs, recalls and primaries||Removing elected officials, under 51% of the vote|
1. Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems
In this lesson, you'll consider the importance of representation in elections and how districts can help achieve this. You will learn about winner-take-all elections and ones that aim to be more proportional to the votes cast.
2. Plurality vs. Majority-based Elections
In this lesson, you'll imagine the election of a high school class president using two different election systems. We'll focus on the difference between plurality and majority-based elections and explain when run-off voting is used.
3. Direct vs. Indirect Elections
In this lesson, we explore the difference between indirect and direct elections. You will gain insight about what is meant by the Electoral College when you vote for president and how this differs from a popular vote.
4. Runoffs, Recalls & Primaries in Elections
In this lesson, we examine three varieties of elections, including runoffs, recalls and primaries. You'll look at this topic through the eyes of a city mayor, state governor and potential president of the United States.
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