With U.S. Presidential Elections coming into the home stretch, many Americans are heaving a sigh of relief that one of the most acrimonious election seasons in memory is finally almost over.
But for teachers and homeschoolers, that means just one week remains to use active elections as an exciting real-time teaching tool for US history and social studies.
Curriki’s elections page includes a collection of helpful, interactive election teaching resources for kids of all ages. They include:
- Mock Election, a three-day simulation lesson in which students explain the steps taken from party formation to national election.
- Win the White House, in which students to manage their very own presidential campaign.
- Electoral Process, a peek into the electoral process, from party primaries to the general election.
- How to Become President of the U.S. Poster Lesson Plan, in which students go from Constitutional qualifications for becoming President of the United States, through background research on a candidate, through campaign analysis, and finally participate in a mock election.
- Scholastic Election, created by the expert editors of Scholastic News magazines, is designed to inform and engage kids in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Curriki also offers “Participation Presidential Elections in Government,” a half-year course that aims to make students appreciate their voice in American politics. The course explores the foundations of Democracy, the American dream, social issues, and of course the presidential election.
You’ll also find links to the platforms for the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties and much, much more.
Other Election Resources
- Because this campaigning cycle has been unusually contentious, Teaching Tolerance offers and promoting civility in times of conflict. The lesson plan Civil Discourse in the Classroom teaches students how to developed reasoned arguments from unsubstantiated claims. You’ll find more tips on its Election 2016 Resources page.
- PBS Learning Media offers Election Central, a collection of election news, history, and ideas for facilitating classroom debates.
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