Election Lessons

2012 election issues: Democracy & the Citizens United Case
Posted on: Jul. 11, 2012

Students come up with a working definition for democracy, then watch and discuss an animated short on the Citizens United Case. Homework prepares students for a liberal vs. conservative discussion over whether the ruling puts our democracy at risk.

WEALTH & TAXES: WHAT'S FAIR?
Posted on: Jun. 18, 2012

Students consider opposing views about taxes and wealth, analyze charts about wealth distribution, and decide how they think wealth should be distributed.

STEPHEN COLBERT & the Role of Political Satire
Posted on: Feb. 11, 2012

 

Students view a clip from Colbert's Comedy Central show about his Super PAC, then read and discuss several views on the role of Colbert's spoof of the election process.

CAUCUS IN OUR CLASSROOM
Posted on: Jan. 18, 2012

 

Students understand the caucus election process by experiencing it firsthand in their classroom - and learn more about 2012 Republican presidential candidates along the way.

MONEY IN AMERICAN POLITICS: A key Occupy Wall Street issue
Posted on: Nov. 16, 2011

 

Through two readings and class discussion, students think critically about the effect of corporate campaign donations on our political system and consider efforts to reform campaign finance.

Questioning the Polls
Posted on: Jul. 23, 2011
Presidential Election 2004 Series
Should the U.S. Junk Its Electoral System?
Posted on: Jul. 23, 2011
Presidential Election 2004 Series
REDISTRICTING: How our Representatives Select Voters
Posted on: Dec. 7, 2010

Two student readings describe the origin of the gerrymander, its likely effects following the 2010 elections, and efforts to reform redistricting systems. Discussion questions and suggestions for further student inquiry and citizenship follow.

VOTE 2008: CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION for grades K-12
Posted on: Oct. 27, 2008

This 20-page PDF booklet includes lively classroom activities to get students thinking, learning and talking. Grades K-1, grades 2-5, grades 4-8, and grades 6-12.

Election 2008: THE ISSUE OF RACE
Posted on: Oct. 22, 2008

Language used at some McCain/Palin rallies has raised questions about racial bias in the 2008 presidential election. A student reading is followed by discussion questions and a student activity.

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