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No Time to Take a Pass: Why Schools Should Teach Young People about the 2016 Elections

If we want young people to build knowledge about democracy, then we must help students develop a rich understanding of elections.

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The Big History Project: Tools and Strategies for Improving Writing in History

If you teach history, you teach writing. The Big History Project (BHP) has developed resources to support teachers with this charge. Hear a panel of veteran Big History teachers share their experiences using research-backed BHP writing tools and strategies. Within every student lies the capacity for proficient historical writing. Learn how to unlock this potential.

Thinking about the Past in Order to See the Future

Research on students' thinking suggests our students leave with an underdeveloped understanding of historical causation. In this talk, Bob Bain takes up the problem of broadening and extending students' capacity to "see" historical change and thus help them to "see" more clearly the present and the future. To make the case, he draws on research and examples from Big History, world history, and U.S. history teachers' practice to help students develop more complex pictures of continuity and historical change.

PBS LearningMedia: Online Interactive U.S. History Lessons for High School

Highly-engaging self-paced lessons, FREE on PBS LearningMedia and created by WGBH, producers of American Experience. Door prizes and a sneak peek at the upcoming American Experience season, including The Great War.

Teaching about the Elections

(Posted September, 2016)

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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.

Planes, Trains and Economic Systems!

Every economic system has to deal with the problem of scarcity.  Come try your hand at making paper airplanes in this fun activity that explores and analyzes the different approaches to the basic economic questions. 

Going Global: How to Make this Experience Yours

Learn about overseas travel opportunities for teachers, how to incorporate new-found knowledge into useable lessons, and view student samples that will inspire students and teachers to become global citizens.

TPS Writing Project at Medgar Evers College

This project is aimed to increase teachers' understanding of disciplinary literacy and use of informational texts to meet Common Core State Standards. TPS resources were used to develop and implement three writing units in high school classrooms: informational, argument, and research.

Back to the Future: Teaching with Digital Historic Maps

Learn exciting new ways to use digital historic maps in your teaching, including interactive online tools that can be used for inquiry-based projects in the classroom.

Ask This, Not That: Effective Questions for Higher-Order Thinking

Consider specific choices of words when asking questions of students in the classroom. Peruse various question stems that work for differentiating learning by level, content, and skill.

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