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Ch 40: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Political Process

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Check out this chapter to brush up on your understanding of the American political process to get ready for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Political Process - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you will have the opportunity to review numerous aspects of the American political process in preparation for questions about the American government on the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam. In addition to explaining electoral systems, the Electoral College, and majority rule, these lessons will address the following pieces of the process:

  • Description of primary, general, and special elections
  • Results of partisan elections and what they mean
  • Influences on the decline in American political participation
  • Constitutional amendments relating to voting rights
  • Alternative types of political participation
  • History of American sovereignty and development of civil liberties
  • Civil society, citizenship, and civic duty

These lessons seek to present information to you in the creative format of animated videos, but full transcriptions are also available if you prefer to review the content in that manner. These transcriptions highlight key terminology that may appear on your exam, so be sure to make use of this resource as part of your studies.

12 Lessons in Chapter 40: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Political Process
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Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems

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.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

2. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Majority Rule: Definition & Examples

3. Majority Rule: Definition & Examples

This lesson will help you understand the system of majority rule. We will briefly discuss what it means, how it is used in the United States and some of its advantages and disadvantages.

Types of Elections: Primary, General & Special

4. Types of Elections: Primary, General & Special

The process of electing a political candidate can involve several different types of elections. This lesson describes the different types of primary elections and explains both general and special elections.

Partisanship in U.S. Elections

5. Partisanship in U.S. Elections

Partisanship can create several different types of election results. This lesson explores partisan election results, including realigning elections, maintaining elections, deviating elections and reinstating elections.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

6. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.

Voting Rights Amendments of the US Constitution

7. Voting Rights Amendments of the US Constitution

This lesson will explore the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments of the United States Constitution. In doing so, it will define the term 'amendments' while also discussing how each of these changed the vote within America.

Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

8. Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

Americans participate in government by voting, but they also participate in many other ways. This lesson discusses the role alternative forms of political participation play in our political involvement.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

9. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.

Civil Society and Citizenship

10. Civil Society and Citizenship

Citizenship and civil society are important concepts in the study of political science. In this lesson, you'll learn what citizenship is and what it means for people that hold it. You'll also learn about the important role of civil society in a democracy.

Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

11. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.

Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

12. Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at where the civil liberties came from, what they entail and what they mean to society today.

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