Help Students Think Critically About "October Surprises" and Their Impact on Elections

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While most students aren't old enough to vote yet, it's still important for them to recognize and analyze news events leading up to elections. One key election season phenomenon is the "October surprise," a bombshell news and media event that dominates discussion and debate in the last fast-paced weeks -- or days -- before November elections. Teach students how to recognize and analyze this curious election season phenomenon.

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