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Election Lesson Plans, Resources and the Importance of Civics
It's election season in the United States and a good time for students to understand why local and national politics matter and the core principles on how our democracy and elections works. What is gerrymandering? How can we strengthen our democracy? Plan how to answer questions like these as we draw closer to election 2020.
Use these free K-12 lessons, activities, blogs and webinars to help you educate students on the election and the importance of counting every vote. Additional topics include fostering civil discourse, fighting fake news, voting rights and debate ideas to keep your students informed and engaged. Interested in what we have to offer? Here are a few samples of what you can find in these free curated resources below:
- Voter Registration Action Plan
- How to Get Along with our Political Opposites
- Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy: The Holocaust as a Case Study
Election Lesson Plans: Digging Deeper
The United States is unique in that the popular vote of the citenzry does not dictate the American President, but that of presidential electors. The Electoral College is an often controversial feature of the United States Constitution that confuses many people outside the purview of American politics. Head over the to National Archives for an in-depth tour of how the system works.
Join Michelle Obama and the When We All Vote Team
Educators play an important role in shaping the next generation of citizens. Sign up to help make sure every eligible student is registered to vote when they turn 18. When We All Vote will connect you with a local voter registration program to help you get started. We will also provide the tools, training, support, and connections to make the efforts at your school a success.