Election Lessons

Teachable Instant: Automatic voter registration
Posted on: Jun. 7, 2015

In this brief activity, students take a quick quiz on voter access, then discuss the debate over this issue, including Hillary Clinton's recent proposal to make voter registration automatic. 


Teachable Instant: Latest presidential candidates
Posted on: May. 3, 2015

Students dip into the 2016 presidential race with a brief look at the two latest contenders to announce: Senators Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders.

Freedom Summer in 1964 and Voting Rights Today
Posted on: Apr. 29, 2014

This lesson consists of two student readings followed by discussion questions. The first reading reviews the history of the Freedom Summer project, which took place 50 years ago. The second reading discusses some of the challenges to voting rights that we face today. 

After the 2012 Election: Exit Polls & Demographics
Posted on: Nov. 12, 2012

Students learn about "demographics" and exit polls, examine exit polls from the 2012 election, and create their own school poll. 

After the 2012 election: Does our system need reforming?
Posted on: Nov. 9, 2012

Students discuss two related issues and their impact on voters: the election's focus on “swing states” and the winner-take-all Electoral College system. Students discuss these issues and then take part in a roleplay to deepen their understanding.

After the 2012 Election: Active Citizenship
Posted on: Nov. 7, 2012

Students talk about the 2012 election and President Obama's statement in his acceptance speech that "democracy does not end with our vote." Students then consider the issues that are most important to them, research the issues, and figure out how to take action on them. 

Mock Debate, 2012
Posted on: Oct. 11, 2012

Students discuss the most important issues for them in the presidential election and research these issues as homework. Then they stage a mock debate with teams playing the roles of the candidates, the moderators, fact-checkers, reporters and audience.   

2012 Election Controversy: “voter suppression”
Posted on: Oct. 4, 2012

Students discuss the history of voting rights and the current push to restrict voting, including the arguments for and against.

Talking with students about the presidential debate
Posted on: Oct. 4, 2012

Get your students talking (or writing) about the presidential debate with these questions.

'Women's Issues' in the 2012 Election
Posted on: Sep. 20, 2012

Students consider the debate over such issues as access to contraception, abortion, and equal pay in the 2012 presidential election and discuss their own perspectives on these issues.