U.S. government

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

The Founders did not intend to create a two-party system and yet that is exactly what has thrived in American history. 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 the role of third-party candidates. Continue reading

Monitoring the midterms: Down-ballot voting and the role of local and state elections

Lesson Plan

Help students understand the importance of local elections and ballot measures with this lesson plan, which includes guidelines for examining a local voter’s guide. Continue reading

Lesson Plan: To Vote or Not to Vote

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

Polling Pitfalls – Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

What do people need to consider when evaluating public opinion polls? After viewing The Poll Dance, students will examine important aspects of valid polling and evaluate three polls. Continue reading

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