Welcome to the Party: How Political Parties Win Elections
In this game, students will learn about political parties, platforms, campaigns, and the Electoral College.
Edmond David Hally, PhD
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In this lesson, we will play a game I designed for my introduction to American Politics college course. This game helps students understand how political parties in the U.S. recruit and run candidates, how platforms are made, and how the Electoral College works. In this game, students will shift between the roles of: 1) individual voters, 2) political parties wanting to win the election, and 3) the Electoral College. In round 1, students will play the role of individual voters. They will...
Students will be able to identify the two major political parties in the U.S. and understand why the party which captures the median voter tends to win elections. Students will be able to explain how party platforms are formed and how the Electoral College works.
I have been teaching political science since 2002. Before that, I was an upper elementary school teacher. As an elementary school teacher, I discovered that learning is most effective when it is hands-on and fun! Thus, most of the games I developed for my college classes are accessible to kids in upper elementary school, middle and high school.
There is no homework for this lesson.
I will provide a brief handout during the lesson so students can understand the game rules.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students are assessed through in-game discussion of what happened in the game.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Edmond David Hally, PhDFrom elementary school to college - I've taught it all!
315 total reviews
207 completed classes
Hello! My name is Ed. On Outschool, I hope to teach lessons focused on social studies, science, and literature. After graduating college, I spent a year as a substitute teacher and then another year with my own 3rd and 4th grade classroom. ...