Chapter 8: The Presidency
"The Vice Presidency"
In this chapter students learned about the requirements for
a person to become president or vice president of our country,
the Electoral College, the cabinet of the president, and the
various components of the Executive Office of the President.
In this activity students will take a closer look at the roles
and responsibilities of the vice president and read about
notable vice presidents of the past.
Students will visit a Web site focused on the vice presidency
to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of this
office. They will read about notable vice presidents of the
past, test their knowledge of vice presidential trivia with
a quiz, and then write a poem about a particular vice
president or about the office in general.
- Students will be able to describe the roles and responsibilities
of the vice president.
- Students will be able to explain how the process of selecting
the vice president has evolved over time.
Student Web Activity Answers
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- At first Electoral College representatives placed two
votes; whichever candidate received the most votes became
president, and whoever came in second became vice president.
The 12th Amendment required
the electors to cast separate votes for the president and
vice president. Today, the presidential candidates choose
the people who will run with them as vice presidential candidates,
and the two run together as a party ticket.
- The roles are to preside over the Senate, and to cast
a tie-breaking vote should a Senate vote end in a tie.
- In addition to ensuring the constitutional succession from vice president to president, the 25th Amendment provides for a process to fill a vacant vice presidency.
- Students' responses will vary.
- Students' poems will vary.