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Elections and Conditions

Use this lesson to help your ELs understand details in a sentence by identifying conditional phrases. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to compare and contrast a primary and secondary source and gather information about the topic.

Language

Students will be able to describe details from sentences with conditional phrases using graphic organizers.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Display a picture of the current President of the United States and have students write on sticky notes all the things they know about the person in the picture and the person’s job.
  • Ask students to share their ideas aloud, or have them share in groups if the students are very familiar with the person. Then, have them place their sticky notes on the board.
  • Write the following sentence on the board and tell the students, "If you know how this person got to be President of the United States, then raise your hand and tell the class." Allow a student to share the answer.
  • Display and read the numbered sentences in the Election Conditions worksheet slowly and ask students to raise their hand to give their first impressions (e.g., "What's it about? What sort of language is used?").
  • Tell students that today they'll read a small piece of the Constitution to learn about how the President is elected, and they'll study conditional sentences that describe the presidential election process.