The primaries and the political conventions for Election 2012 are coming up. The lessons in this Education World resource are aimed at helping teachers capitalize on this once-every-four-years "teachable moment." Included: Lessons for teaching about the Electoral College and the importance of voting, plus a unique approach to staging a classroom debate about election issues!
Elections offer a unique opportunity for students to learn about the political process and to witness the wheels of democracy in motion. Computer-savvy teachers and students can follow all the goings-on -- thanks to the Internet! Many online news sites will provide in-depth coverage. Among the potential classroom resources are the following online resources:
In addition, click on each of the lesson headlines below to access a complete teaching resource! (Notations in parentheses indicate approximate grade levels for each activity.)
Students hunt through newspapers and other news sources for election-related "treasures." (K-12)
Teachers can use these seven books to teach their students about the election process. (K-3)
An experiment drives home to students the importance of voting! (3-12)
Students learn a lesson in media literacy! (6-12)
Use these eight wide variety lesson plans for teaching about the election season.
Students take a unique approach to a classroom discussion/debate of the election process! (3-12)
Students create a classroom dictionary of election terms. (3-12)
When has the Electoral College been a deciding factor in an election? (3-12)
Students think critically about issues in the current election campaign. (K-12)
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