As my boys get older, I find that I need help bringing our homeschool studies to the next level. With subject areas of special interest, I particularly look for quality and effective resources to help my boys reach and exceed their learning potentials.
I was thrilled to receive The Road To The White House: Electing The American President from The College of William & Mary Center For Gifted Education. This comprehensive unit study resource, available through Kendall Hunt Publishing, was the perfect addition to our homeschool, especially in this election year.
Disclaimer: I received this product for free. I was compensated for my time for review.
All opinions are honest and I was not required to write a positive review.
Professor (11) is our history buff. Although he is technically in sixth grade, Professor reads anything that he can get his hands on-especially history! It has become quite a challenge to find homeschool history curriculum to quench his thirst for historical knowledge. As long as it has to do with history, Professor reads and rereads textbooks, biographies, autobiographies, fiction, and nonfiction.
Captain (13) is technically in eighth grade. With his fast approach to homeschool high school levels, I want to provide him with a challenging yet engaging approach to history, government, and social studies.
Considering the current race for American presidency, I wanted to help my boys better understand the process with this U.S. Elections Unit Study. The Road To The White House: Electing The American President is a teacher’s guide that has helped me be prepared to present and discuss this rather complicated system.
U.S. Elections Unit Study For Middle School
Although I received a thorough public school education with honors history classes, I acknowledge the fact that my memory for U.S. elections is a bit rusty. The details behind electing the American president seem to have slipped through the cracks of my mind.
This U.S. elections unit study for middle school age kids has come to my rescue with:
- Well-organized structure
- 20 lesson plans
- Unit glossary
- Handouts (worksheets)
- Pre- and Post-Assessments
- Systems approach
Students are encouraged to keep a notebook for their U.S. Elections Unit Study. One of our major homeschool goals this year is writing, especially for Professor. I have found it much easier to have him cooperate with writing when it is on subjects that he loves-history and government!
I love how lessons are clearly laid out for the teacher. A thorough explanation of the systems approach to electing the American president, as well as goals for the unit study, are helpful in understanding how and why I am teaching this information. A systems approach to U.S. elections sets the stage for conversations about how different aspects of our county (and beyond) interact to affect the road to becoming American president.
I greatly appreciate how The Road To The White House: Electing The American President is helping me introduce my boys to a higher level of thinking and approach to learning. I have almost zero political and government experience. Most of the history that I was taught in school dealt with dates and facts. I love learning with my boys about the why behind the election process.
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Lesson plans walk me through presentation and discussion of topics. We modify or skip over suggested classroom activities. It is suggested that this U.S. Elections Unit Study takes between 6-8 weeks. We are taking our time through lessons to ensure comprehension and retention of information.
When I first read the teacher’s guide, I was a bit apprehensive. It looked rigorous and I was afraid my boys would balk at the work. The boys agree that this unit study is challenging yet not frustrating. They actually ask me to do these lessons-and that is simply amazing!
The Road To The White House: Electing The American President has helped my middle school age boys (and myself!) learn so much more than we ever imagined about the U.S. Election process. Instead of just memorizing facts and steps to the process, we are learning about:
- the history behind U.S. election process
- candidate viability
- researching political parties and candidates
- campaign simulations
- the Electoral College
- Inaugural Addresses
- analyzing primary sources
One of our favorite projects involved learning more about the three branches of the U.S. system of government. The boys and I loved watching the suggested Schoolhouse Rock video prior to completing worksheets. They used those worksheets to complete a poster to explain what they learned.
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Are you prepared to teach your middle schoolers about the U.S. Election process?
What do you like best about this unit study?