Answer key: Eliminate the Electoral College

Lesson Plan:  The Time Has Come To Eliminate The Electoral College

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

grip |ɡrip| verb (grips, gripping, gripped) [ with obj. ] (of a feeling or emotion) deeply affect (someone):  he was gripped by a feeling of excitement.

senator |ˈsenədər| noun-a member of a senate.

unequivocal |ˌənəˈkwivək(ə)l|adjective-leaving no doubt; unambiguous: an unequivocal answer | he was unequivocal in condemning the violence.

democracy |dəˈmäkrəsē| noun (pl. democracies) a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives: capitalism and democracy are ascendant in the third world.

defeated |dəˈfēdəd| adjective-having been beaten in a battle or other contest: the defeated army.

concession |kənˈseSHən| noun-the action of conceding, granting, or yielding something.

critical |ˈkridək(ə)l| adjective-expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments: he was critical of many U.S. programs.

reform |rəˈfôrm| verb [ with obj. ] make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it: an opportunity to reform and restructure an antiquated schooling model.

imbalance |imˈbaləns| noun-lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things: tension is generated by the imbalance of power |

intolerable |ˌinˈtäl(ə)rəb(ə)l| adjective- unable to be endured: the intolerable pressures of his work.

Reading Comprehension

In November 2000, as the Florida recount gripped the nation, a newly elected Democratic senator from New York took a break from an upstate victory tour to address the possibility that Al Gore could wind up winning the popular vote but losing the presidential election.

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Sixteen years later, the Electoral College is still standing.


The EC will forever tip the balance to rural voters.


It would require a constitutional amendment to change.