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US General Election takes place every four years during the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. People go to precinct to vote for their electors known as the Electoral College.
- A General Election is an election wherein the premier body of the government is being elected such as the president and vice president.
- Article Two of the US Constitution established the method of presidential elections as well as the Electoral College. Numerous amendments has been made such as the inauguration year under twentieth amendment to serve the needs of society and the date of presidential election.
- Presidential candidates usually make announcements at least a year before the election. By January of the election year, the candidates began their heavy campaign.
- There are two ways that people in America in each state choose the candidate that they want to represent their party in the general election: a primary and a caucus. These usually happens by February to June of the election year.
- In a primary, voters get ballots that list the names of the people running for president. They go to a polling place and vote for their preferred candidate. In a caucus, a communal group of people gather to discuss the issues and the candidates at a precinct and cast their votes for their candidates.
- After the primary or caucus election, a national gathering called a convention is being held. Political parties choose a group of people from each state to represent the state at the convention. The delegates cast their votes for the candidate who received the majority of the votes in the primary or caucus election. This usually happens by April to August of the election year.
- The two major political parties in US are Democratic and Republican. There are other political parties such as Green, Natural Law, Libertarian, and Reform.
- Presidential Election takes place every four years during the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. People go to precinct to vote for their electors.
- The Electoral College is a group of people who gather to cast their votes for the presidential candidates.
- The candidate who will receive the most votes in each state garnered all of the electoral votes for that certain state. After all the electoral votes are counted, the candidate with the most votes will be declared as the winner.
- The winner will be inaugurated by January 20 by the following year. The president has a two term limit with four years in one term as based on the Twenty-second amendment of the US Constitution.
- The outgoing president this 2016 is President Barack Obama.
US General Election Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use US General Election worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the US General Election which takes place every four years during the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.
Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Included US General Election worksheets:
Fact or Bluff
In this activity, students must write whether the Election statement is True or False.
US General Election Word Search:
Students will tackle this US General Election quiz in the form of a word search which students will complete using the knowledge gained from previous activities and quizzes.
My Ideal Candidate
Writing tasks. Students are challenged to describe traits and values of a great leader.
Cast your vote
Fantastic vote registration task and reflection piece. Another core skill developed through the election theme.
Timeline and chronology tasks where students must plot the timeline of their favourite candidate.
Vote for Me!
Poster tasks where students have to walk in the shoes of a candidate. They must successfully create a poster with slogan and convince people to vote for them.
Can I Ask You?
Further core writing skills are developed with this task in the form of an interview. Students must interview a candidate and construct questions & answers.
Convincing the Undecided
Classmates tasks. Students are challenged to convince other classmates why they should vote for a specific person. Everyone convinced should be written in a box.
Students must write a news article about the latest General Election. Make sure that they follow the format in writing a news article.
Essay for Development
Challenging task. Writing an essay format. Students must discuss the pressing issues that the nation is facing. Builds key skills in persuasive essay writing.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding about the history of the General Election and its importance.
- Complete a number of quiz and fill in the blank activities to test their knowledge of the subject.
- Understand why we vote and the significance of a vote on the nation.
- Have a key understanding of current candidates.
- Understand facts and fiction based upon studies.
- Writing about their ideal candidate and express what they want for the Nation & the world.
- Understand chronology and timelines and use dates to plot time over the election period.
- Create posters, interview candidates & write persuasive essays. Multiple core literacy skills are worked on and are the foundation of this study worksheet pack.
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