9-12 Civics/Government Arkansas

Electoral College

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the Electoral College. By investigating the compelling question “Do we need the Electoral College?” students evaluate process the United States uses to select the president.  The formative performance tasks help students build knowledge and practice skills through the course of the inquiry and support students as they seek understand how their votes are counted in a presidential election.  As a summative assessment, students create an evidence-based argument about the Electoral College.

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Compelling Question:

Do We Need the Electoral College?

Staging the Question: View the You Tube Clip Does My Vote Count? and begin a discussion about how elections work.
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Supporting Question What is the Electoral College?

Formative Task Write a paragraph the Electoral College as it is used in America.

Sources Source A: What is the Electoral College?
Source B: Schoolhouse Rock Electoral College video
Source C: Why the Electoral College?

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Supporting Question What are the pros and cons of the Electoral College?

Formative Task Create a T chart to illustrate pros and cons of the electoral college.

Sources Source A: The Electoral College: Top 3 Pros and Cons
Source B: Chart of Pros and Cons of Electoral College

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Supporting Question Does the Electoral College function today as it did originally?

Formative Task Create a position in support or opposition to the question and support with evidence.

Sources Source A: Defending the Electoral College
Source B: NPR: Critics Work to get rid of the Electoral College
Source C: Why The Electoral College Is More Relevant Today Than Ever Before

Summative Performance Task

Argument: “Do we need the Electoral College?” Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that discusses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence from both historic and current sources while acknowledging competing views.
Extension: Create an alternative plan to elect the president of the United States.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Investigate the current political climate in relation to the Electoral College.
Assess: Poll 10 registered voting adults to discover what they know about the Presidential election process.
Act: Create a pamphlet or a Public Service video on how Arkansans fit into the election process of the President.