Activity Overview

Introducing students to new terminology at the beginning of a history unit will help them better understand what they're learning about. In this activity, students will create a spider map that illustrates and defines key terms of the election process. Students should be encouraged to select words they are more unfamiliar with, as this will help them expand their understand.

In an extension activity, teachers can display just the illustrations that students have created to the class, and have students guess which term it is. Students would be able to show off their creativity to their peers while being engaged in a challenging review activity to reinforce the main concepts from this unit.

Elections Key Terms

  • Candidate
  • Party
  • Election
  • Vote
  • Ballot
  • Electoral College
  • Popular Vote
  • Incumbent
  • Primary
  • Inauguration
  • Nomination
  • President
  • Political Party
  • Constitution
  • Debate

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that defines key terms for the election process.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title, type in the term.
  3. In the description, type the definition as it relates to the U.S. Election.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, items, and characters.


Lesson Plan Reference


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Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
The definition is correct.
The definition is partially correct.
The definition is incorrect.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

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