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November 1st, 2014

Midterms 2014: resources for students

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This year’s midterm elections are here and PBS NewsHour Extra wants to share our best resources with you! Looking for election night coverage? Join the NewsHour team for live streaming coverage tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 starting at 6 pm EST.  

1. Article | PBS NewsHour – What students need to know about midterms

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Are your students confused about what midterm elections mean for the country? Use this article from PBS NewsHour Extra Editor Corinne Segal to help students understand the importance of the upcoming elections.

2. Video blog | PBS NewsHour Extra – Will West Virginia voters elect an 18-year-old lawmaker?

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Saira Blair, 18, could become one of the youngest representatives in the country. Photo by Matt Ehrichs

College freshman Saira Blair could become one of the country’s youngest lawmakers in Tuesday’s midterm election. Click here for the full resource including a video and informational text

3. Lesson plan | Stephanie Schragger – Do the midterm elections matter?

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Help students gain an understanding of midterm elections and discuss the reasons why voter turnout may be low in the 2014 elections.

4. Storify informational text | PBS NewsHour Extra and KQED – Do Now: Why vote?

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Statistics show that youth voters have the power to affect election outcomes, yet turn out to vote in relatively low numbers. In our monthly collaboration with KQED Edspace, NewsHour Extra asked students why youth voting matters. Students discussed over Twitter using the hashtag #DoNowVote. Use the Storify to help students see how their peers across the country are responding to the question, “Why should youth vote?”

5. Article | PBS NewsHour – 5 midterm election myths debunked

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Political elections create winners, losers and endless speculation about how to predict and interpret the results from all of those votes. The 2014 midterm elections are no different. Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics and professor at the University of Virginia, sheds light on what he sees as midterm myths.

6. Video | PBS NewsHour Extra – Key issues to watch in the midterm election

Along with determining the members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate, the midterm elections will decide a number of important local policy issues around the nation. Use this PBS NewsHour Extra Daily Video to clue students in on the issues in the spotlight and on the ballot in the upcoming election. 

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