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									Sara Gutis
4-Mat Lesson Plan

                                Social Studies Lesson

                      Elections, a lesson in Current Events

Quadrant 1 –

Choice Experience
Unexpectedly eliminate student choices within the classroom (ex. Assign seats
where there was previously open seating, assign a dress code for the next day
indicating its new policy for “social studies”, tell the class they will now offer only
approved opinions about the days’ topic which are posted on the board and
anything else will result in “consequences”). There should not be any wiggle
room about choice or freedom of choice. The new policy is the only policy…stay

Assessment: Teacher observation of student reactions. Record what the
students say in order to discuss when the activity is over or to launch into the
day’s discussion.

Have a class discussion once the new policy has been explained and the
information has permeated. Questions to ask: What just happened? How did
losing choices make you feel? What are choices you have every day/in life?
What does informed choice mean? Why is making an informed choice

Assessment: Teacher observation and evaluation of the discussion. Gauge
understanding of the connecting activity to the discussion and redirect where it is

Quadrant 2 –

Students will create a project about choice and their interpretation of it.
Examples include but are not limited to writing a poem, draw/painting a picture,
associate songs with an explanation, make a comic strip or story board, write a
metaphorical story, create a collage, or create an ad campaign.
Assessment: The finished product is evaluated by the teacher and peers for
content. Does the project reflect choice and the follow the directions?

Students will learn about/be able to define/identify parts of the American election
process. Discuss (lecture/discuss) about how the American election process
takes place. Key words: Democrat, Republican, Independent, party, primary,
candidates, current candidates, vote, Electoral College, party platforms, issues of
the current election, freedoms. A video or internet sources can be uses in the
lecture piece to supplement.

Assessment: Teacher observation of class participation in the discussion and
willingness/ability to answer questions to help define the key ideas and terms.

Quadrant 3 –
Students will research the positions related to the current election topics/issues.
Students will take a position they wither agree or disagree with, explaining the
position/issue and why they chose it/their position about it. Students will be
construction a 5 paragraph essay (this can be scaled up or down).

Assessment: Assessment will be based on the rough draft of the written piece of
the assignment. The student and the teacher should evaluate the work based on
a given rubric or completion of a graphic organizer that organizes the research

Show a video(s) of the debate(s) to the students. Use newspaper articles
(current) to further explore the candidates and the issues. The graphic organizer
can be further filled out (from the research piece).

Assessment: Evaluation of the graphic organizer for content by the teacher and
students themselves. (What information is missing? What needs to be further
explored?) Teacher observation/evaluation of any discussion or questions
generated by the viewings and readings.

Quadrant 4 –
Edit and Rewrite
Students will edit and refine their papers for detail and content, aligning it with a
given rubric for a final draft.
Assessment: Teacher, student, and peer evaluation of the paper’s alignment to
the rubric.

Mock Election/Paper Presentation
Within the format of a mock election or series of debates, the papers should be
presented to the class.

Assessment: Teacher observation and evaluation of students’ understanding and

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