In the midst of an election year with the Iowa Caucus quickly approaching, the Secretary of State wanted to give teachers an opportunity to engage their students through meaningful discussion and active participation. Developed by Iowa teachers for Iowa teachers, Caucus 101 is a curriculum designed for flexibility with an emphasis on social media enhancements to appeal to how students learn today.
The ultimate goal of Caucus 101 is to involve students, parents, and the community in civic engagement while educating them about Iowa’s unique role in the political process through modern technology and social media enhancements.
Discuss ideas with other teachers across the state using the discussion tab above. Feel free to submit feedback with suggestions to improve the curriculum and ideas for enhancements using the feedback form above. You can also offer suggestions for how to improve the Caucus 101 site to make it more applicable or user friendly.
How It Works
The Caucus 101 curriculum is easy to use and implement in the classroom. It is a seven-day curriculum with each lesson plan having three different options to accommodate the amount of instruction time teachers have to present the material and for their students to complete the activities.
Choose the option that suits your classroom. The best thing about the Caucus 101 curriculum is that it is completely customizable. Feel free to modify lesson plans to better align with your unique teaching style and your students’ needs. Keep in mind that the curriculum is designed to encourage participation and engagement for students, parents, and educators. Discuss your lesson plans and ideas with your fellow teachers, share your students’ work, and promote your classroom’s involvement on social media.
As you know, education is ongoing and constantly evolving. Let us know what you think about the Caucus 101 website as well as the curriculum and how you plan to implement it in your classroom by submitting feedback using the form above. You can also share ideas and experiences with your peers in the discussion forum.
WHY CAUCUS 101
The Caucus 101 curriculum is unique in that it was created by Iowa teachers for Iowa teachers. Each lesson plan has been crafted to appeal to how students learn today, incorporating social media enhancements. Furthermore, Caucus 101 is pioneering a social media platform that has not been developed yet, allowing students, universities, and other civic groups to add their own social media enhancements. Finally, the curriculum eliminates geographical barriers by allowing teachers to see what other educators are doing in their classroom.
Ease of use
Students will have the ability to upload their homework to the website and social media outlets.
The curriculum encourages students to apply what they learn beyond the classroom by helping them become active participants in the community through a relatable medium they use every day.
Students will learn life skills such as how to formulate an argument and engage in healthy, constructive debates.
Through social media enhancements, students have the opportunity to become more invested in civic responsibilities such as learning about political candidates, attending the Iowa Caucus, and registering to vote.
The curriculum and enhancements can be matched to student behavior and interests and appeal not only to students, but to parents and community members as well. Additionally, other civic groups can modify the curriculum to suit their needs while the social media enhancements initiate discussion and engagement within and beyond Iowa’s borders.
Caucus 101 fulfills the Iowa Core requirement for social studies in just 7 days.
Choose 90, 60, or 30 minute lesson plans.
Supplement what you already teach. Use as much or as little of the material as you want.
Lesson plans are already completed and are tied to Iowa Core with clear learning objectives and downloadable lesson components.
Submit enhancement ideas for other teachers to use or adapt and share your experiences with peers.
Connect with students by utilizing the tools they use every day, specifically social media, to enhance learning.
Caucus101 Curriculum Overview
Click on each day below for lesson materials, suggested activities, and homework assignments. To download the entire seven-day curriculum
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.
Be on the lookout for the dedicated Caucus 101 Facebook page, where you can engage with other teachers to ask questions and stay informed about developments in the curriculum. Facebook will be a valuable tool to use in the classroom to connect with students, so be sure to check back frequently for updates.
Twitter will be used most heavily during the statewide Mock Caucus in November along with the actual caucus events at the beginning of 2016. Twitter will increase awareness of the Iowa Caucuses while demonstrating to students and parents the power of social media in the election process.
Instagram is a visual medium that engages even more users than Twitter.
All of the Caucus 101 videos will be housed within the Secretary of State Youtube channel, along with additional videos relevant to the Iowa Caucuses. Feel free to use these as supplemental material in your classroom.