Election Lessons

Teachable Instant: Trump and Fascism
Posted on: Dec. 7, 2015

Students discuss the definition of fascism and consider charges from the left and right that GOP candidate Donald Trump's stances are fascist. 


A socialist for president? Sanders' democratic socialism
Posted on: Nov. 12, 2015

What is 'democratic socialism'? Bernie Sanders' presidential bid is raising a question many Americans have never considered. In two readings, students explore Sanders' version of socialism and learn some background about democratic socialism in Europe and the U.S.


The Candidates on the Death Penalty
Posted on: Nov. 1, 2015

In this brief Teachable Instant activity, students learn some facts about the death penalty, discuss the 2016 presidential candidates' positions on the issue, and consider strongest arguments for and against capital punishment. 


The candidates on student debt
Posted on: Oct. 25, 2015

What do we do about the high cost of college and rocketing student debt? This brief Teachable Instant activity explores the 2016 presidential candidates' positions, encourages critical thinking on the numbers, and invites student research. 


The candidates on gun control
Posted on: Oct. 18, 2015

In this brief Teachable Instant classroom activity, students survey the 2016 presidential candidates' positions on gun control and begin exploring some of the complex underlying issues. 


Teachable Instant: Power clash in the GOP
Posted on: Oct. 3, 2015

The abrupt resignation of House Speaker John Boehner reflects deep divisions within the GOP. In this brief activity, students explore the roots of the GOP power struggle. 


Teachable Instant: Fact, fiction & the 2016 election
Posted on: Sep. 20, 2015

Can we trust what the presidential candidates are telling us? How can we know what is true and not true? This brief classroom lesson explores fact-checking and the 2016 presidential campaign. 


Teachable Instant: Clinton's 'Email-gate'
Posted on: Sep. 13, 2015

In this brief lesson, students learn about and discuss the controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email system as U.S. Secretary of State.


Teachable Instant: The Invisible Primary
Posted on: Aug. 30, 2015

This brief activity gets your class talking about the "money primary" and the 2016 presidential election.


Teachable Instant: Issues & Non-Issues in Campaign Coverage
Posted on: Jun. 15, 2015

In this brief activity, students reflect on issues that are most important to them, discuss why 65 percent of media election coverage is not about issues, and consider what they most want to know from candidates.