After his defeat in 1824, students might wonder how Jackson gained the presidency for not only the next term, but the following one as well. Using the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, and why), students will examine the Election of 1828 to understand Jackson's rise to the presidency as well as the changes in voting populations that unfolded during that time. Students will use a spider map to organize the information, and the completed assignment will serve as a base for studying Jacksonian Democracy.
For an extended activity, have students research the evolution, rise, and importance of the right to vote. Like most elections in American history, the right to vote is an extremely important element of the Election of 1828. Students should focus on amendments, and population changes.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
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Create a 5W analysis of the Election of 1828: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
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