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Lesson 2: Primaries, Caucuses, Conventions, Oh My!

The purpose of this lesson is to provide an overview of a candidate’s pathway to elected office. The information provided here focuses on the presidential pathway. You can, however, modify the information to fit any election (for example, leave out the information about the electoral college if your students are focusing on a local election).

Campaigns and Elections
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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3)


Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.

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