Adult Ed
We the people: 270 out of 538

OverviewActivities

Overview:

The U.S. Constitution begins with the statement "we the people". It is an affirmation that the purpose of government is to establish and maintain the rights of humanity. This historical document is a 230-year old guide that details the vision of its creators "to form a more perfect union" in a brand new nation of many different parts. One of the important institutions established in the Constitution is the Electoral College. This lesson will help learners better understand the quadrennial ritual surrounding the election of a president in the United States of America.

Target Level
  • GED
Subject Matter
  • Social Studies

Learning objectives:

Standards
New York Commencement Social Studies Standard Number 5 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

Materials
Media Components
National Constitution Center
http://www.constitutioncenter.org/constitution/

A web-based version of the U.S. Constitution that allows for key word searching, searching based on Supreme Court Cases and a topic search of issues relating to democracy and human rights.

Election facts interactive
http://personal.news.yahoo.com/man/elex_explainer/

An interactive Associated Press site for a description of the U.S. government and related information about our democracy. Geographical maps of the District of Columbia, details about the electoral process and a 10-question interactive quiz help learners navigate their way through our system of government.

"The Almost Painless Guide to the Election Process: The Electoral College" (2:08) [Available through Video on Demand]

Electoral College Map
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2004/
politics101/politics101_ecmap.html


This interactive site shows the distribution of electoral votes throughout the United States as determined by the 2000 Census. It also provides an interactive timeline to study the history of presidential elections over the last several decades.

GED Connection: Episode 20 "Civics and Government" and related online resources
http://litlink.ket.org/internet/ss/activity_4/index.aspl

Complete these web-based activities to support understanding of the electoral process as an extension activity. This website links ideas presented in the GED Connection broadcast series to classroom activities and online extensions. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and writing in ways that help students prepare for the GED exam. Registration for LiteracyLink is required to access content on this site.

Handouts
U.S. CONSTITUTION


Prep for teachers
Bookmark sites
Download video segment from Video on Demand (requires Media Player)