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Note: While many of the following lessons refer specifically to campaigns from past years, the lessons are easy to adapt to any election campaign.

  • Meet the Press
    Students play the roles of candidate, campaign manager, and journalist in this activity. (Grades 6-12)
  • Your Vote Counts!
    Students build an election campaign around their favorite TV characters! They learn about candidates, slogans, qualifications, and voting. (Grades PreK-2)
  • Eye of the Beholder
    Students explore the impact the news media have on shaping perceptions and opinions in general and in their coverage of election campaigns. (Grades 9-12)
  • Track the Polls
    Students track poll results before Election Day. (Grades 6-12)
  • Election Scavenger Hunt
    Students hunt through newspapers for a list of election-related news. (Grades K-12)
  • Getting Out the Vote: An Election Day Classroom Experiment
    This experiment drives home to students the importance of voting! (Grades 3-12)
  • Campaign Ad Critique
    Students analyze current campaign TV ads and literature. They identify the ad by "type," and then look beyond the ad to understand its intended purposes and real content.
  • Take a Stand!
    Students take a unique approach to a classroom discussion/debate of the election process! (Grades 3-12)
  • What Are the Important Issues?
    Students determine the most important issue of the current campaign. (Grades 3-12)
  • Terms of Office
    Students choose from a list of 100 election-related words and more than 50 election clichés as they create an election dictionary.


  • Rock the Vote
    Students examine the Bill of Rights in this WebQuest in which they play members of a television ad production crew.
  • The Practical Politician
    Students play the role of politicians in this activity that involves them in making the same types of decisions that politicians make.
  • Campaign Strategy
    Planning a political campaign involves many decisions. In this exercise students make some typical campaign decisions.
  • Political Polling in Your Community
    In this lesson from PBS, students compose bias-free poll questions related to hot issues in this year’s election campaign.