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Election lesson plan | The Presidential Campaign Game


This lesson plan teaches your students a little bit about what it's like to run for office.


  • Civics
  • Language Arts


  • 9-12

Brief description

Students experience the workings of the political process and what it takes to manage a political campaign.


Students will

  • identify by name the two major political parties in the United States.
  • identify the chairpeople of the two major parties.
  • identify the symbols of the two political parties.
  • identify the political philosophies of the two political parties.
  • identify the propaganda techniques used by both of the parties in campaigning.
  • identify the fund raising techniques of the two parties.
  • identify and locate the local and state headquarters of the two parties.


political party, politics, campaign, election

Materials needed [shop materials]

  • supplies for creating campaign information (resources for this activity can be found in the school and the community)

Lesson plan

Students play the Presidential Campaign Game to learn about the politics and the process of electing a president. Each group's activities include choosing a candidate, setting up a campaign committee, creating a name for a fictitious political party, creating campaign items and earning points for those items (for example, 20 points for a bumper sticker, 20 points for a campaign slogan), and evaluating candidates' speeches. The game culminates with a class election by secret ballot.


The ultimate proof of success will be that students get involved in some way in the political process.

Lesson Plan Source


Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Updated 3/07/2016