Key Terms of the Electoral Process

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The Election of 1800 Terminology

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Activity Overview


When introducing a new unit in history, especially those revolving around government and elections, it's helpful for students to become familiar with terminology at the start of the lesson. This can also include the steps of the process, or specific verbiage that appears multiple times.

To better understand terminology used in describing and explaining government and the electoral process, have students create a spider map of the overall process. By identifying and defining key terms, students will be able to better explain and connect the terms to the historical context of the election of 1800. Students will also be able to apply this terminology to future lessons that have political components.

Example Terms for the Electoral Process

  • Political Party
  • Electoral College
  • Federal vs State
  • House of Representatives
  • Incumbent
  • Popular Vote

Extended Activity

Have students select five more terms related to the political process and make a separate spider map. This will expand student vocabulary, and their understanding of political terminology. Furthermore, it will strengthen their understanding of the political process in a historical context.


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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard defining and illustrating key terminology for the Election of 1800 and the electoral process.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, enter the term.
  3. In the description, enter a definition and summary of the term and it's relation to the Election of 1800.
  4. Create illustrations to visualize each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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