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How does the primary process work?



  • Educational Technology
  • Social Studies
    --Current Events
    ----U.S. History


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief description

Learn how the primary and caucus process works. Work sheet included.


Students will


election, primary, caucus, election, president

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Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about the presidential primary process by using the How does the primary process work? resource from Project Vote Smart. (Students can access this document online, or you can provide printed copies of this 2-page resource.)

This adaptable lesson can be used in many different ways, including the following:
-- Students can do this activity on their own or in pairs.
-- You can post this as a classroom computer center activity. Students access the resource online and complete the comprehension activity at some time during the week.
-- You can present the activity as a listening activity. Read the resource aloud and have students complete the follow-up comprehension activity. (That approach is not recommended for lower grades.)

Click here for the How does the primary process work? Comprehension activity. See the Answer key for this activity in the Assessment section below.

Additional resources
The following resources provides additional easy-to-understand background on the primary process. You might share these excellent primers as part of your introduction to the above lesson: