As the candidates crisscross the country in a quest for votes that will determine who will become the 45th President of the United States, educators also have an awesome opportunity: To teach students about the American political process as well as the roles and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.
For many reasons, this election has been unlike any in modern history. Besides having the first woman on the ballot of a major political party, the campaign’s contentious tone has been unprecedented. Regardless, presidential elections are typically exciting for students and therefore, provide educators with the chance to discuss and debate a range of issues. That said, here are some of the best sites and collections of resources on the web to teach and learn about the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election:
Engage students in the electoral process with election-themed resources designed to enhance lesson plans and spark discussion in the classroom.
A collection of resources featuring news, history and ideas for facilitating classroom debates.
A Scholastic site containing lesson plans, book resources, activities and games for students to study elections and participate in one of their own.
The New York Times Learning Network provides teachers with lesson plans, student opinion questions, contests and a four-part election unit.
Assembled by curriculum experts, this collection of resources will help educators teach students about the election process, voting and democracy.
Lessons, printables and activities about the U.S. electoral process provide teachers with a variety of classroom ideas.
A compilation of interactives, slideshows, lesson plans, videos, project ideas (i.e. Designing a Political Campaign Ad), curricular materials, discussion topics and more!
Previously featured on the Edutech for Teacher blog, this graphic by Kids Discover provides viewers with a visual explaining the path to the White House.