Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 4, Number 3, Winter 2009
Lesson Plan: Pete for President
Tracy Gawel Larson
Jonesboro High School, Georgia
Danilo M. Baylen
University of West Georgia
This lesson plan focuses on the election process that takes place in a K-12 classroom every year, i.e., the election of a class president. Concepts presented parallels in the language and processes involved in electing The President of the United States, so it can be used to support the teaching the teaching of an American Government course. It can be used with almost any age level, but this lesson plan is designed specifically for a senior high school class. It uses a trade book entitled Pete for President to engage the students in a life-like, fun story about two friends caught in the excitement of an election process and have to deal with the impending challenge on their friendship.