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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from

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Why Vote? 5th Graders Take Informed Action

What does the C3 Framework look like in a fifth grade classroom? This five-minute video produced by Social Studies School Service provides a snapshot of high quality C3 social studies instruction designed to prepare students for active and engaged citizenship.

Is U.S. Democracy too Fragile for Voluntary Voting? Should We Require Voting?

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
In this session participants will engage in a lively facilitated deliberation about whether we should adopt mandatory voting in the United States. This deliberation will model a best-case, fair hearing of different points of view.

Law Library of Congress and

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
The Law Library of Congress has the largest global legal collection in the world. Learn about and the Law Library’s digital collections and publications, infographic maps, blog, and more.

Engaging Congress

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
A mobile app that uses a series of game-based learning modules and primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges that it faces in contemporary society.

Eagle Eye Citizen: Civics, Your Students and You

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Eagle Eye Citizen is a series of engaging, online interactives for students focused on Congress and civic participation. Come play and see if you are an Eagle Eye Citizen!

Campaign 2016: Turning Students into Voters Social Education Staff

This list of noteworthy websites can be used to teach students about election issues and how to fact check campaign rhetoric, as well as the Electoral College and voting procedures.

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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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Students as Change Agents in their Community

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am
Explore a program that allows students to affect public policy in their community. Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary program that fits within the C3 Framework and state and local standards.

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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