US Presidential Elections: Activity 3- History

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Q&A History: Answer the following questions pertaining to the History of the Presidential Elections in the US. Some research may be required here.

  1. How many Presidents elected to office were also Vice President?  Number and Names please.

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2. Of this number, which ones began their first terms after winning the election?

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3. Which ones were sworn in as President through the line of succession because the President either resigned or died in office?

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4. In reference to Nr. 3, which ones eventually won another term in office?

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5. How many US Presidents had served in the US military before being elected? Number and Names, please.

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6. How many US Presidents had previously served as state governors?  How many were Senators?  How many were Representatives of the House?

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7.How many US Presidents had practiced law before being elected to office?

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8. Which US President was neither elected Vice President nor won the US Presidential Elections but was appointed in both cases?

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9. Which US President was elected four times? (Hint: An Amendment was passed to limit the number of terms to two, four-year terms)?

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10. Which President had no experience in the US government prior to being elected?

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11. Which US Presidents continued to serve in public office after their term ended and which post?

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US Presidential Elections Activity 2

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Continuing from Activity 1:

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HYBRID SERIES QUESTIONS:

This exercise is a combination of Q&A and multiple choice, looking at the US Election Process. Don’t forget to answer the Bonus Questions.

Bonus III: In reference to the Election Campaign, the term „Swing State“ is often used to describe what kind of state?

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On to Activity 3 =>

US Presidential Elections Activity 1

If you are like me, an American Expat living outside the States, you probably have been asked about the process of electing a US President and how it is different in comparison with the elections in the place you are living. In my case, it is Germany, but our election system is based on the European model, namely the popular vote where multiple parties can participate, and each one nominates someone to become President and/or Prime Minister.

If you are, however, a teacher whose subject is English, history, politics/ social studies or anything with American studies, and you have some issues trying to convince the students to understand the difference between American politics and the elections process on one hand and that of the country you are residing on the opposite,  perhaps it is the easiest to make it short, simple and easy to explain. Therefore, the Flensburg Files has a three-part series featuring activities pertaining to the US Presidential Elections, with the goal of getting your students (and others interested) to understand the system and discuss it and its differences and potential flaws.

So without further ado, here is part 1 and a Matching exercise:

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MATCHING: Put the following process in order, beginning with the Candidate’s intent to run and ending with the Inauguration as US President.

You may download this image to cut out or copy the answers on a separate sheet of paper.

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BONUS QUESTION: What is an inauguration ceremony? Explain the process in your own words and include examples.

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The answer sheet will be presented after the 2020 US Presidential Elections on November 4th. Afterwards, that plus this activity will be included in the category: In School in Germany and its subheading: Bilingual Education under the title: American Politics.

On to Activity 2 =>