Election of 1824
Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:
Understanding the 1824 election
A misunderstood topic that needs clarification
District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:
- Local Standard 2B adopted from common core standards:
- Creating active and responsible citizens that identify and analyze public problems; deliberate with other people about how to define and address issues; take constructive, collaborative action; reflect on their actions; create and sustain groups; and influence institutions both large and small.
Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
Full description of activity or assignment.
- Students will be given the electoral map from the 1824 election.
- Students will play a game of Kahoot
- https://play.kahoot.it/ - /intro?quizId=ceb70fe5-8ea1-43ca-abf1-ccf7b3b254ab
- Students will then be confused and I will send the primary source link to the students. They will be asked, Who won?
- A short discussion of the proceedings in the House of Representatives will be had between students and teacher
- I will then give a lecture the way that I’ve always done that gives the WRONG conclusion.
- The students will then play the Kahoot game again. After this they will be in total confusion.
- I will end the lesson today by handing them the other primary source (the letter to Jackson)
- On day 2
- We will play the Kahoot game again and this time students should get all of them correctly.
- I will hand them the electoral map from 1824 again
- Now I will have my new lecture (including legit trades in the House of Representatives) notes next to the old ones
- Once again there should be confusion
- I will now give them the popular vote totals from the states whose legislatures picked electors
- Students will be placed in small groups and asked what to believe (yesterday or today)
- Students will share their answers with the group and their rationale (which has to be written)
- I will conclude the lesson by saying that the Electoral College worked the way it was suppose to
- And that the House of Representatives choosing was a feature of checks and balances in the presidential election that has not been used since.
- Students will be asked to evaluate the feature of the House of Representatives being the final arbiter in deciding presidential elections
Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:
- All five of the presidential candidates will appear in a challenging matching part of the test.
- One essay will be written for the students to answer over this election:
- Explain what really happened in the Election of 1824 and why such a strong myth grew from this election. (10 points)