Election Lessons

Presidential Election 2008: WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS?
Posted on: Feb. 13, 2008

An introductory quiz is followed by a student reading on what the candidates have said about nuclear weapons proliferation. A second student reading explores author Jonathan Schell's latest thinking on the issue.

Posted on: Jan. 30, 2008

Four 45-minute lessons engage students in considering what qualities they might look for in a political candidate; how to get information about candidates; and how they and the adults in their lives decide whom to vote for.

Presidential Election 2008: MISLEADING FACTS & VAGUE OPINIONS
Posted on: Jan. 23, 2008

How do you pick a candidate? Statements from four candidates on major issues are followed by discussion questions, an exercise on recognizing factual statements and opinions, and suggestions for student inquiry.

Presidential Election 2008: POLITICS & RELIGION
Posted on: Jan. 3, 2008

The role of religion in politics has become a controversial 2008 election issue. Following an introductory quiz, three student readings address the Constitution and the founders on religion, presidential candidates' speeches on faith and politics, and the appropriateness of religious questions directed to candidates.

Presidential Election 2008: THE U.S. & IRAN
Posted on: Nov. 21, 2007

Student readings explore the complex relationship between the U.S. & Iraq. Students will consider many views, including those of the leading presidential candidates.

Presidential Election 2008: HORSE RACE
Posted on: Nov. 21, 2007

A student questionnaire, two readings, and discussion questions explore media coverage of the 2008 election, including The Project for Excellence in Journalism's finding that almost two-thirds of coverage is devoted to the campaign's horse race aspects.

Presidential Election 2008: COMBATING TERRORISTS
Posted on: Nov. 14, 2007

Three readings help students consider the president's "war on terror" strategy, statements by Bush's critics, and what constitutes torture. Discussion questions and other student activities follow.

Presidential Election 2008: PROCESS & PROBLEMS.
Posted on: Oct. 17, 2007

A student reading reviews major steps in the campaign process and such issues as the money race, fairness, and problems with the new voting machines. Suggested discussion questions and other activities follow.

The Presidential Campaign: THE RACE FOR MONEY
Posted on: Oct. 10, 2007

This inquiry activity invites students to explore the central role of money in the 2008 election.

Posted on: Feb. 7, 2007

Student readings explore problems with these machines in the 2006 election and proposals for reform. Suggestions for inquiry and citizenship follow.