Mock Elections

Mock Elections

Project Summary
Project participants will include students from different geographic locations on telecommunication networks. Each site votes in a mock election, post results on the network, and compiles results from the various schools involved in the project. This project works extremely well with both national and international participants and can develop into meaningful discussions and debates on many issues.

Suggested Grade Level and Audience
6th through 8th

Estimated Time Required
4 weeks

Student Learning Objectives

  • To become involved in the U.S. electoral process
  • To understand how the electoral process works
  • To compare and contrast data
  • To make predictions based on the known information
  • To communicate knowledge and information to others
  • To practice writing, editing, and revising
  • To reinforce word processing skills
  • To communicate with a distant audience
  • To engage in an electronic transfer of information

Writing Prompt

USA FlagYou will be participating in a mock election prior to the real election.  Your votes will be combined with students across the nation on major telecommunications networks.

  1. You will receive a ballot in your classroom.  Choose candidates you believe are most qualified for the positions.  (Read the newspaper prior to the election to help gather information about the candidates.)
  2. Monitors will tally the class ballots and share the class results.
  3. Monitors will post the class results on telecommunications networks.
  4. As the mock election results come in, students will post results on large U.S. or state maps and make predictions as to who will win.
  5. Students will compare and contrast the votes in different regions.

Class Results:

School: _____________
Location: ____________
Grade: ______________
Total # Voters: _______
Votes for candidate ____
Votes for candidate ____

 

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