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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

FBI investigates new set of Clinton-related emails

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DOWNLOAD VIDEO Essential question How important do you think the last week of campaigning is in a presidential election? The Federal Bureau of Investigation told…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

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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