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Know Your Vote, Know the Issues – Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Every election year and for years after elections, there are several major issues that persistently trouble Americans. Every election year, politicians pledge that they will address these issues, and nearly every year they fall short of many peoples’ expectations. In this lesson, we examine problems surrounding health care costs, funding higher education and preserving social security. Then, students look at how the current presidential candidates are proposing to address these issues, and formulate a short media presentation. Continue reading

Decode the Electoral College and predict the next president – Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Let your students predict the next president with the Electoral Decoder, an interactive cartogram. Students will look at how the Electoral College has affected presidential…read more

Political Parties: Two is Company, Three’s a Crowd – Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

How have third parties changed the outcomes of U.S. presidential elections? The Founders did not intend to create a two-party system. In this lesson, students watch the We The Voters film “American Party Animals” to better understand the two-party system, and then break into groups to study three U.S. elections with major third party candidates. Continue reading

To Vote or Not to Vote – Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Why is voting an important responsibility for citizens? Less than 60 percent of eligible voters voted in the 2012 general election. Yet, for other Americans, voting is a very meaningful, almost sacred duty. In this lesson, students will view three short films that explore the importance of voting. Continue reading

Decoding Media Bias – Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Students will view the We The Voters film “MediOcracy,” and then examine current news stories and how they’re covered by the three main cable news outlets. They will conclude by examining news stories for bias/point of view. Continue reading

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