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Teaching about the Elections

= NCSS Members-only resource

For Secondary/High School from Social Education

Teaching in the Time of Trump

Socialism in the United States: Hidden in Plain Sight

(Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents

Memorandum about the First Nixon-Kennedy Debate 

Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns

Political Polling Past and Present


For Middle Level from Middle Level Learning

Making Choices: An Explanation of Political Preferences

Using Cartograms to Explore the Electoral College: Comparing 1908 with 2008


For Elementary from Social Studies and the Young Learner

Teaching about Elections during a Presidential Election Year

Teaching and Learning about the U.S. President: Activities for an Election Year

Scaffolding Classroom Discourse in an Election Year: Keeping a Cool Mood in a Heated Season


Other Resources from Our Colleagues

Chase the Race
Student led interviews and other activities to get your students ready to participate.

National Student/Parent Mock Election
National student voting begins on October 24 and culminates on November 3

Project Look Sharp
A media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for critical thinking.

Teaching for Democracy Alliance
Resources to help you define your student engagement strategy

We the Voters
A collection of 20 free, short films (documentary, narrative, and animation) that focus on nonpartisan issues related to voting, democracy, elections, and U.S. governance.


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U.S. History Lesson Plans

National Mock Election

American Public University (Teaching New American History)

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