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Teaching the Election Process: Lesson Plans and Resources

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Teaching the Election Process: Lesson Plans and Resources

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Election Education Lesson Plans and Resources for Students

In the heart of our democracy lies the election process, a vital mechanism that not only shapes our nation but also serves as a powerful educational tool for our students. As we gear up for the 2024 elections, educators have a unique opportunity to bring this process to life, delving into current events, voter issues and the intricate workings of our electoral system. This collection of K-12 teaching resources has been carefully curated to guide educators in exploring the elections process, providing a comprehensive toolkit to engage students in meaningful civic learning.

Current Events and Voter Issues in 2024: Given the dynamic nature of our political landscape, it is imperative that students are not only informed about the latest developments but also understand the implications of these events on their lives. This section is designed to foster critical thinking and encourage students to engage with the issues at hand, forming their own informed opinions.

Fundamentals of the Election Process: From voter registration to casting a ballot, this section breaks down each step, ensuring that students have a solid grasp of the process and providing a clear and concise overview of how elections work in the United States. This foundational knowledge is crucial in demystifying the elections process and empowering students to participate in our democracy.

Youth Engagement: It is no secret that young people have the power to shape the future of our nation; and yet, they are often underrepresented in the electoral process. This section provides educators with resources to inspire and motivate students to get involved, highlighting the importance of their voices and the impact they can make.

Understanding the Electoral College: This section aims to clarify this complex system—which is often a point of confusion for many students—by exploring its origins, how it works, and its role in determining the outcome of presidential elections. By demystifying the Electoral College, students will gain a deeper appreciation for the checks and balances that are integral to our democratic system.

Election Law and Security: In an age where the integrity of our elections is increasingly under scrutiny, it is essential that students are informed about the laws and measures in place to safeguard our democracy. This section provides a comprehensive overview of election law, voter rights, and the steps taken to ensure the security of our electoral process.

This collection of K-12 teaching resources is an invaluable asset for educators seeking to navigate the complex world of elections with their students. By providing a well-rounded overview of the process, these resources equip educators with the tools they need to foster informed, engaged and active citizens.

Educating for Democratic Citizenship

The Shanker Institute in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson the and the AFT Innovation Fund has launched this Educating for Democratic Citizenship Project whereby a group of accomplished, experienced AFT educators have developed these Action Civics lessons and materials that we hope will improve teaching and learning of American History, Government, and Civics for teachers and students.