Democrat & Republican / Caucus vs. Primary

Main Objective

Students will be able to describe the similarities and differences between Democrat and Republican caucuses in order to prepare for the mock caucus, and they will be able to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of caucuses and primaries.

Additional Objectives

  • be able to review and apply the definition of a caucus.
  • continue to hone speaking and debate skills.
  • analyze news articles as evidence.
  • evaluate which system works the best to nominate a candidate for president: primaries or caucuses?
90
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 90-minute lesson plan.

Video: Recipe For Democrat Caucus

Video: Recipe For Republican Caucus

-Create A T-Chart on the Board to Illustrate the Differences Between the Dem & Rep Caucus Methods

-Pre-Write: Students write on notecard the answer to the following question: “Which do you prefer- primaries or caucuses? Why?” Then have students share answers with a partner

– Handout/Read Articles: “Why Primaries Are Better Than Caucuses”, “Why The Caucus System is Better”, & “Primaries V. Caucuses: A Handy Primer”

– Complete Document Analysis Form Over Articles

– Pre-Debate: Group Students and Prepare Debate Arguments

– Debate: Caucus V. Primary

– Post-Write: On other side of notecard have students write answer to “Which do you prefer-primaries or caucuses? Why?”

HW: “Who Do You Support” Assignment

HW: Finish all projects by next class

60
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 60-minute lesson plan.

Video: Recipe For Democrat Caucus

Video: Recipe For Republican Caucus

-Create A T-Chart on the Board to Illustrate the Differences Between the Dem & Rep Caucus Methods

– Handout/Read Articles: “Why Primaries Are Better Than Caucuses”, “Why The Caucus System is Better”, & “Primaries V. Caucuses: A Handy Primer”

– Complete Document Analysis Form Over Articles

– Pre-Debate: Group Students and Prepare Debate Arguments

– Debate: Caucus V. Primary

– Post-Write: Write 2-3 paragraphs answering the following: “Which do you prefer-primaries or caucuses? Why?”

HW: “Who Do You Support” Assignment

HW: Finish all projects by next class

30
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 30-minute lesson plan.

Video: Recipe For Democrat Caucus

Video: Recipe For Republican Caucus

-Create A T-Chart on the Board to Illustrate the Differences Between the Dem & Rep Caucus Methods

– Pre-Debate: Group Students and Prepare Debate Arguments

– Debate: Caucus V. Primary

– Post-Write: Write a paragraph answering the following: “Which do you prefer-primaries or caucuses? Why?”

HW: “Who Do You Support” Assignment

HW: Finish all projects by next class

Materials

– Computer with Projector

-Videos: “Recipe For Democrat Caucus” & “Recipe For Republican Caucus”

Standards


Iowa Core: SS 9-12. PSCL.1
Understand the rights and responsibilities of each citizen and demonstrate the values of lifelong civic action.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.PSCL.4
Understand the differences among the complex levels of local, state and national government and their inherent, expressed, and implied powers.
Iowa Core: SS 9-12. PSCL.5
Understand strategies for effective political action that impact local, state, and national governance.
Iowa Core: SS 9-12. PSCL.6
Understand how law and public policy are established at the local, state, and national levels of government.
Iowa Core: SS.6-8.H.2
Understand how and why people create, maintain or change systems of power, authority, and governance.
Iowa Core: SS.9-12.H.4
Understand the role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo.
Iowa Core SS.9-12.H.8
Understand cause and effect relationships and other historical thinking skills in order to interpret events and issues.