US Presidential Election, 7-9

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This theme page presents lesson plans and materials to learn about the US presidential election of 2016 in year 7-9 of the Swedish Compulsory School. Related links: The Presidential Inauguration, 2017, Mr. Trump, the President

Background

2016 presidential candidates Basic details of each candidate’s background
Where the Candidates Stand on 2016’s Biggest Issues
What happens when … and how The important dates, Feb-Nov, listed and explained
2016 Primary Results and Calendar Quickview of the results so far by NYTimes

Warm-up

“I’ll Be the President” (3:06) A fun rap about the process of becoming a president (7-9)
What do kids want in a president? (1:20) Kids talk about what kind of person they think the next president should be like. (7-9)
“Slow Jam the News” with President Obama (7:05) Jimmy Fallon and President Obama slow jam the news, discussing Obama’s legacy, accomplishments and thoughts on the 2016 election.
44 Presidents A rap song made after Obama became president

Vocabulary

Democracy and Elections 15 words explained with examples and an exercise
Words to know A guide to words and phrases that come up a lot as Election Day approaches.
Presidential Elections Vocabulary A list of 14 vocab items with exercises
Election Glossary A 2-page document, perfect to copy for your students
Vocabulary in Conversation A gap-fill exercise with new vocabulary
US Election Glossary The most comprehensive word list
US Elections jargon quiz  (2:46) BBC News asked people in London and New Yorkers on whether they could explain election vocabulary

Lesson Plans

Scholastic News Several links to simplified information (yr 7)
Presidential Inauguration Lesson A page with simple sentences and activities based on the latest inauguration of Barack Obama (7-8)
How to Hold an ESL Presidential Election Follow this plan to organise your own election in the classroom
Does your vote count? (5:22) The Electoral College explained in a TEDEd talk with discussion questions

Reading

How the US President is Elected A summary at Enchanted Learning (7-8)
Student Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election Channel One’s OneVote campaign – everything you need to know
Introducing Presidential Elections A text with a quiz (8-9)
How to Vote The rules of the American Voting System
Campaign 2016 Follow the campaign with Newsela reading texts on several levels. Registering your school required
Hillary Clinton  and Donald Trump BBC News’ profiles of both candidates
Facebook ‘likes’ show the personal differences between Republicans and Democrats
A Day as a President Students add their name and get to follow a day’s procedures (1:1)
8 Steps to the White House Interactive pictures with texts (yr9, 1:1)
What Happens If a Presidential Nominee Drops Out? For your information (yr9)

Listening

US Presidential Elections Listening task with a gap-fill exercise
Donald Trump on global risk list A reading/listening text in three levels with loads of vocabulary and content questions (7-9)
US Election 2016 explained  A video with gap-fills. Scroll down the page to find the red links to the documents, easy version, tough version and the Key (instructions in Swedish)

Viewing

The Electoral College for Dummies: How it Works (10:00) explanation in depth
Does your vote count? (5:21) The Electoral College explained – TEDEd talk
Who can run for president (1:26) Short, simple explanation (yr7)
Electing a US President (3:42) Video in plain English, with a quiz (7-8)
U.S. presidential election 2016/17 (5:23) easily explained (7-8)
How to Become President of the United States (2:21) The three requirements explained
Presidential Power 1 (6:29) Crash Course on Government and Politics, fast speech.
Presidential Powers 2 (7:52) For advanced students
How Presidents Govern (9:22) For special interests
Biographical Videos Of Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton (2.5-5 min) Four videos, two of each
Primary Elections Explained  (5:19) Information overload; For advanced students
US Elections — How do they work? (4:25) Comparison between the UK and the US elections
How the Electoral College Works (4:42) The complicated system explained, fast speech
Why the Electoral College Ru ins Democracy (4:46) All men are created equal, but their votes sure aren’t. Adam explains how location impacts your voting power
PBS News News for Students and Teacher Resources
Election Exit Poll Explained (1:11) A short video doing just that: explaining Exit Polls
Why election day is always a Tuesday in November (1:44) A short video with text to music background
KIDS REACT TO DONALD TRUMP (9:14) Kids at various ages say what they think
Election 2016 Frequently updated news from PBSNewshour
The Ad Campaign AND 2016 Campaign Ad Archive Video ads from the presidential campaign to watch and discuss
5 TED-Ed Lessons to watch this election season (3-6 min each)

Speaking

2016 Presidential Candidate Positions Use these to create debates in groups, some students take the positions of the candidates and others ask them questions

Quiz

What’s your Political Personality?  Take the quiz to see how you react to elections 1:1
Whose side are you on? Take this quiz to see who you would vote 1:1
The Electoral Process Assessment How much have you understood? Key vocabulary

More Materials

Global Vote Let your students vote for their candidate for the presidency
How to Become President of the U.S. A poster to download
Who will win the presidency? Continually updated forecast
Electoral Decoder This introduction and game explains the electoral college system
US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, 2016 Loads more links, especially to the individual candidates
Road to the White House 2016  A comprehensive collection of lesson plans to cover the campaign of 2016
Election Central An educational guide to the US elections
NYTimes Election 2016 If you still want more…

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