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Ch 59: The American Presidency - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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The emphasis of this chapter is on the American presidency. Watch a series of animated videos that explain topics you'll need to know when you take the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination.

The American Presidency- ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter consists of educational videos that are accessible online. They explore several aspects of the American presidency, including nomination procedures and the different presidential elections. Throughout the process of preparing for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination, you can re-examine the methods by which candidates raise campaign funds and explore the effort that goes into filling the U.S. President's cabinet positions. These lessons could provide help with:

  • Understanding caucuses and nomination campaigns
  • Making the distinction between primary and general elections
  • Explaining the Electoral College
  • Exploring the importance of campaign financing
  • Identifying things that influence voters
  • Describing how presidential elections have evolved over time
  • Understanding treaty and legislative powers as well as the process of making appointments to the executive office
  • Discovering how the U.S. President makes decisions
  • Discussing the importance of the presidential image

This chapter provides a great way for you to recall topics that you might be familiar with without taking the time required for traditional study. These online lessons allow you to learn or review at a pace that suits you. Qualified instructors introduce the topics above, and they'll provide expert answers should you need to submit a question on the Dashboard. Complete the quizzes that are included in each video. You can even print the results. When you finish watching all of the lessons, you could be well on your way to addressing questions on the American presidency when you take the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination.

The American Presidency- ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Chapter Objectives

You'll earn 19% of the examination score when you successfully complete the third section of the four-domain ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination. Titled, Government, the domain will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the role of the U.S. President and the various processes surrounding the necessary elections. During the three-hour examination, you'll answer 150 multiple-choice questions in an effort to earn a middle grades social science teaching endorsement. This is a computerized assessment.

10 Lessons in Chapter 59: The American Presidency - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

1. 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.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

2. 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.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

3. 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.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

4. 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.

Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

5. 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.

The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

6. 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.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

7. 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.

Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

8. 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.

Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

9. 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.

The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

10. The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

A president's public image, or perceived character, plays an important role in the presidential campaign. It also plays an important role in the president's popularity and lasting reputation. This lesson takes a look at the presidential image.

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