Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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Math, Social Studies – History, Civics
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
Zip (2 MB|16 pages)
Fun Debate Activity – Students discuss whether the United States should keep the Electoral College!
This lesson provides a fun and educationally structured debate for students to discuss the controversy regarding the Electoral College. This includes up-to-date information – including the 2016 election!
I’ve included a background reading the explains the Electoral College, and two readings which provide opposing viewpoints for students to review before they debate. I’ve also included a graphic organizer to help them organize their ideas, an exit ticket for debate day, and a rubric tied with NYS Social Studies Practices and Common Core. This is everything you need to have your students debate and interesting issue in a fun way! There is no prep required, just print and go! You can view more in the preview here.
In addition, one of my fellow Math teachers worked with me to create a lesson to help students understand the math behind the Electoral College. This lesson discusses percentages and proportions, and helps students to visualize the way the Electoral College works.
I had my principal observe this lesson today. He actually told me that it was one of the best lessons he has ever seen. It made me really proud of my work, and even more exited to offer this lesson to you!
The lesson in linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
NOTE: This lesson can absolutely be complete in a classroom where students must remain separated. Students and still have a dialogue without having to be grouped closely together. Everything is provided with Google Slides, so students can also complete the background materials through Google Classroom.
NYS Framework Standards:
7.4c – Advocates for and against a strong central government were divided on issues of States rights, role/limits of federal power, and guarantees of individual freedoms. Compromises were needed between the states in order to ratify the Constitution.
7.5c.2 – Students will examine the evolution of the unwritten constitution, such as Washington’s creation of the presidential cabinet and the development of political parties.
This zip file includes a PowerPoint version, a Google Slides link, and a PDF version.
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