Student Activity: Caucus vs. Primary

§ February 10th, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, Teacher resources § No Comments

Early February is an exciting time in the 2016 election, as the first rounds of primaries and caucuses are officially underway. But what exactly is a primary and a caucus?  We know they play a very important role in the presidential election and receive a great deal of media coverage. Yet, do we really know what each entail?

As a class, discuss the differences between a primary and a caucus. Create a venn diagram that highlights what is unique to a caucus, what is unique to a primary and what the two have in common. Then, read articles in the Boston Herald e-Edition about the Iowa Caucus and the NH Primary. Research both event and use real examples that support your description of a caucus and a primary.

To get started, search your Boston Herald e-Edition and read these two articles: Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation's first primary and Watching Monday: What to look for in the 2016 Iowa caucuses

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