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Below is a sample breakdown of the Presidential Powers and Elections 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|| Presidential system of government|
Nominating a presidential candidate
|How a presidential system of government works, including several types|
How presidential and vice presidential candidates are nominated, pros and cons of this system
|Tuesday|| Primary and general elections|
|Function of primary and general elections and how they differ|
Definition of electoral college and how it operates in a presidential election
|Wednesday|| Campaign finance|
Factors that impact voter behavior in national elections
|Sources of campaign funding, laws that regulate donations, current issues regarding campaign financing|
What can influence voters, including party affiliation, candidates' personal traits and issues
|Thursday|| Evolution of the contemporary presidential election|
Staffing the executive office
|How campaigns have evolved during American history, including a look at recent elections|
Positions that are appointed by the president and how the appointment and confirmation process works
|Friday|| Presidential decision making|
Roles and powers of the prime minister and the cabinet
|How the national interest as well as the views of the president's party influence decisions|
Types of powers wielded by the president, including treaty, appointment and legislative powers
Overview of the powers and duties of the British prime minister and cabinet
1. Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President
The following lesson discusses the seven roles that the President of the United States has. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
2. Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses
The nomination process for United States president contains several different steps. This lesson outlines the modern nomination process for the offices of president and vice president and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the process.
3. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences
In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.
4. 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.
5. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform
Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.
6. Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections
Many factors influence voters during presidential elections. The voter's background, party identification and view of the government's past performance are some of the important influences. This lesson examines influences on voter behavior.
7. The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election
Presidential elections have changed a great deal over time. These days, elections are well-publicized and hard-fought. This lesson takes a look at contemporary presidential elections and campaigns.
8. Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process
The United States president appoints, or selects, people to serve in many different positions in the federal government. This lesson identifies the various positions appointed by the president and explains the appointment process.
9. Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions
The United States President must make many important decisions on behalf of the nation. This lesson explores presidential decision making, including the role that the national constituency and partisan constituencies play.
10. Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples
Our United States Constitution established three branches of government, including an executive branch headed by the U.S. president. This lesson discusses the powers and roles of the president.
11. The Roles & Powers of the Prime Minister & the Cabinet
In this lesson, we will examine the roles and duties of the British prime minister and Cabinet. We will pay close attention to how the prime minister and Cabinet members obtain their positions.
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