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MTEL History: US Electoral Systems - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter on US electoral systems can help you recollect what you learned in college about this subject as you prepare to take the MTEL History exam. The videos review all the topics you will need to know for the test, including:
- Representative government and the US electoral system
- The difference between plurality and majority in elections
- The difference between direct and indirect elections
- Runoffs, primaries and recalls
Our capable instructors discuss all aspects of the subject, helping you to review it thoroughly. You benefit from having the material presented in video and transcript form, as it helps to consolidate your learning.
Objectives of the MTEL History: US Electoral Systems Chapter
The MTEL History Exam is a test administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a prerequisite for obtaining a teacher's license. It evaluates the depth and breadth of your knowledge in all areas of history. When you reach the Geography, Government and Economics domain of the exam, you'll find questions that relate to this US Electoral Systems chapter. The domain makes up 25% of the exam questions. You can boost your ability to do well by taking the self-assessment quiz that comes with the chapter.
You will find 100 multiple-choice and 2 open-response questions on the test, each evaluating different competencies. The multiple-choice questions test your ability to recognize the correct answer from a series of possible answers shown to you. The open-response questions require you to construct a thoughtful, logical argument about history-related topics that demonstrate your ability to integrate information from different sources.
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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