Election Lessons

Election 2008: 5 KEY ISSUES
Posted on: Oct. 15, 2008

A student reading provides brief samples of the opposing views of Senators McCain and Obama on five major issues--the economy, Iraq, healthcare, schools and energy--and is followed by suggestions for student inquiry and a class exercise.

Election 2008: THE FIRST DEBATE -- IRAN, IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN
Posted on: Oct. 1, 2008

In their first debate, Senators McCain and Obama discussed their views on policy toward Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Three student readings offer excerpts from the candidates and commentary on them. Discussion questions follow

Presidential Election 2008: OIL ADDICTION, THE ECONOMY & THE PLANET
Posted on: Jul. 29, 2008

Three student readings address our oil addiction and its serious consequences for individuals, the American economy and our planet--and how one small community in Denmark ended its oil addiction. Discussion questions, activities and suggested student inquiries follow.

Presidential Election 2008: YOUNG VOTERS ARE 'STOKED,' BUT ARE THEY INFORMED?
Posted on: Jul. 16, 2008

An overview of young people's growing political involvement is followed by a student questionnaire that gauges how informed students are, suggestions for student inquiry, and a listing of online resources.

Presidential Election 2008: 5 ISSUES THE CANDIDATES WON'T TOUCH
Posted on: Jul. 1, 2008

Despite a nonstop presidential campaign, the candidates have failed to seriously address some critical issues. A student reading is followed by question-asking, question-analyzing, and discussion.

Presidential Election 2008: THE SUPREME COURT
Posted on: Jun. 4, 2008

Selecting Supreme Court nominees is one of a president's most consequential actions. Three student readings consider Court interpretations of constitutional principles; the impact of social conditions on Court rulings; and what the current presidential candidates have said about Supreme Court appointments.

Presidential Election 2008: FIXING THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Posted on: May. 21, 2008

Three student readings explore problems with our healthcare system; candidate proposals for reform; and healthcare systems in other industrialized nations.

Presidential Election 2008 ROLEPLAY: THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Posted on: Feb. 27, 2008

A lively game demonstrates how disparate interest groups, with their money and clout, can influence a candidate's platform and viability.

Presidential Election 2008: THINKING CRITICALLY ABOUT A CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT
Posted on: Feb. 27, 2008

The believing game and the doubting game can help students go beyond debate to dialogue and analysis when considering the 2008 presidential candidates.

Presidential Election 2008: HILLRAISERS, McCAIN 100s & PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDING
Posted on: Feb. 20, 2008

This election has raised many questions about the role of money in our political system. One student reading focuses on "bundling" and how it encourages corruption. Another considers the need for reform, detailing one proposal now before Congress. Discussion questions, subjects for inquiry, and suggested citizenship activities follow.

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