Elections

July 12, 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.

January 19, 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.

November 7, 2011

A short reading and questions to discuss and debate.

November 7, 2011

Readings and activities to help high school students better understand the growing gap between rich and poor and consider the issue in light of this year's presidential election.

July 23, 2011

Presidential Election 2004 Series

July 23, 2011

Presidential Election 2004 Series

January 7, 2011

Activity and reading on soft money and hardball politics.

December 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.

October 6, 2010

Student readings examine Senate dysfunction (including anachronistic rules, endless fundraising, and delaying tactics) and the issue of cloture and filibuster. Discussion questions and a writing and citizenship activity follow.

September 28, 2010

As midterm elections approach, three student readings, discussion questions, and suggestions for inquiry engage students in exploring the role of money in politics.