The Election of 1824: A Corrupt Bargain
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
For this activity, students will outline the Election of 1824. A traditional storyboard will be used to detail the candidates, their positions, and what became known as the “corrupt bargain”. The idea of the corrupt bargain will tie together each side, and how each candidate played a role in the “bargain”. By outlining and defining each candidate (Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and Henry Clay) students will be able to summarize their political stances.
The top of the boards should define each candidate, his position, and his election results (popular vote and electoral votes). The bottom portions of the boards describe the role each played in what would become the “corrupt bargain”. Adams will win, Jackson will meet with defeat, and Clay will secure a position in Adams’s cabinet as part of their “deal”.
Candidates of the Election of 1824
|John Quincy Adams||
Have students research a current political race (presidential, senatorial, etc.) and define the results of the election. Have students look into the policies, ideologies, and beliefs of each candidate, as well as research any “bargains” that may have taken place. This should serve as a connector to current events and current day politics.