History and Iowa’s First in the Nation Status

Main Objective

Students will be able to explain how Iowa became the first in the nation for the caucuses/primaries. Students will debate/defend why or why not Iowa should maintain its “first in the nation” status.

Additional Objectives

  • be able to define a caucus.
  • utilize speaking and debate skills.
  • analyze news articles as evidence.
  • evaluate their own reasons why/why not Iowa should maintain its “first in the nation” status.
90
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 90-minute lesson plan.

– Video Clip: 1968 Democratic Convention

– Video Clip: History of Iowa Caucuses

– Video Guide: History of Iowa Caucuses

– Read and Take Notes: “Presidential Nomination Process”

– Complete “Presidential Nomination Process” Flow Chart

– Pre-Write: “Should Iowa Be First”?

– Pre-Debate Reading and Document Analysis Form

– Group Work: Prepare for Debate: “Should Iowa Be First”

– Debate: “Should Iowa Be First”

– Quick Write: “Should Iowa Be First”?

HW: Find an article that deals with Iowa’s first in the nation status and upload it to the “Caucus 101” website (Due Next Class)

HW: Visit the Caucus 101 website or Facebook Page and vote in the “Why Iowa” poll. (Due next class)

60
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 60-minute lesson plan.

– Read and Take Notes: “Presidential Nomination Process”

– Complete “Presidential Nomination Process” Flow Chart

– Pre-Write: “Should Iowa Be First”?

– Pre-Debate Reading and Document Analysis Form

– Group Work: Prepare for Debate: “Should Iowa Be First”

– Debate: “Should Iowa Be First”

– Quick Write: “Should Iowa Be First”?

HW: Find an article that deals with Iowa’s first in the nation status and upload it to the “Caucus 101” website (Due Next Class)

HW: Visit the Caucus 101 website or Facebook Page and vote in the “Why Iowa” poll. (Due next class)

30
Minute Curriculum

Activities

Download 30-minute lesson plan.

– Pre-Write: “Should Iowa Be First”?

– Pre-Debate Reading and Document Analysis Form

– Group Work: Prepare for Debate: “Should Iowa Be First”

– Debate: “Should Iowa Be First”

– Quick Write: “Should Iowa Be First”?

HW: Find an article that deals with Iowa’s first in the nation status and upload it to the “Caucus 101” website (Due Next Class)

HW: Visit the Caucus 101 website or Facebook Page and vote in the “Why Iowa” poll. (Due next class)

 

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.